Goa Carnival 2016
DURATION: 06/02/2016 - 09/02/2016
LOCATION: Goa, India
The most amazing thing about Goa is that fun and festivities that begins in
December with the holiday season does not stop upon arrival of the New Year
but continues up to the celebration of Goa Carnival or the pre Mardi Gras
revelry, a tradition that dates back to the arrival of Portuguese in Goa way
back in 1510.
History of Goa Carnival
Based on the Christian tradition of Mardi Gras (also known as Fat Wednesday)
which refers to the events of the carnival celebrations; Goa Carnival is a
festival that celebrates the culture and cuisine of Goa on a grand scale
Originating from the tradition of Mardi Gras, a tradition of hedonistic
feasts and dancing & drinking bouts before the fasting and abstinence
associated with penitential season of lent, Goa Carnival is a 4 day
razzmatazz that is observed all through the state with great gusto and zeal.
Goa Carnival Celebrations
Goa Carnival features a frenzy of tourist activities. Tourists indulge 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. Goa forgets to sleep
during the carnival as these parades continue throughout the night. Most of
the streets are decorated with attractive lighting and grand balls.
The festivities during Goa Carnival include dancing troupes, revelers
wearing masks and costumes usually, electrifying music which is generally
performed live, sports competitions, floats & parades and hedonistic
pursuits like great food and drinking.
Travel tips for Attending Goa Carnival 2016
Goa Carnival also marks the climax of peak season of tourism in Goa. The
hotels, resorts and homestays are packed to their capacity and prices at all
time high. Millions of visitors from all corners of the globe arrive in the
tiny emerald of Goa to attend Goa Carnival and indulge in feasting and
revelry. If you are planning to travel to Goa and be a part of this year's
carnival, it is always advisable to book your accommodation well in advance.
Explore hotels in Goa or browse through Goa tour packages to plan your trip
and attend Goa Carnival 2016.