The much anticipated Goa Carnival, Food and Cultural Festival will be held in Panaji, Goa from February 10 to 13. According to Gavin Dias, Deputy General Manager, Goa Tourism Development, the preparations for Goa’s biggest celebration Goa Carnival have almost come to an end.
The celebration of Goa Carnival or the pre Mardi Gras revelry is a tradition that dates back to the arrival of Portuguese in Goa way back in 1510.
History of Goa Carnival-
Goa Carnival is a festival that celebrates the culture and cuisine of Goa on a grand scale every year. It is based on the Christian tradition of Mardi gras which refers to the events of the carnival celebrations.
Goa Carnival is a 4 day razzmatazz that is observed all through the state with great zeal and enthusisam.
Goa Carnival features a frenzy of tourist activities where they involve in feasting, merrymaking, drinking throughout the day. The festive mood is even more aggravated by the huge parades that move the various streets of Goa. These parades are accompanied by live bands and dances.
The fun activities include dancing troupes, revelers wearing masks and costumes usually, electrifying music which is generally performed live, sports competitions, floats and parades and hedonistic pursuits like great food and drinking.
Travel tips for tourists attending Goa Carnival-
The Goa Carnival also marks the climax of peak season of tourism in Goa. As the millions of visitors from all corners of the globe arrive to attend this carnival, the hotels, resorts and home stays are packed to their capacity and prices at all time high. So it is advised to book the accommodation well in advance in case you are planning to travel to Goa.
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