Besides its mesmerizing beaches, pleasant weather and amazing natural beauty, the coastal state of Goa is also known for its varied and colorful festivals. There are celebrations that mark every occasion from change of season to religiously significant events.
One of the most anticipated of all festivals celebrated in Goa, the Goa Carnival takes place in the month of February. Though a Christian festival traditionally, with time it has also incorporated certain Hindu rituals, which makes it a most looked forward event by people belonging to all religions.
Feast of Three Kings
The festival, which is considered to be an ode to the Lady of Mount, is celebrated over 9 days and involves endless processions and merrymaking. People belonging to all religions throng the chapel to seek blessings from the lady. On the last day, three boys dressed as kings arrive at the chapel through different routes and offer their wealth to the lady.
Christmas is celebrated in Goa with great enthusiasm. People exchange gifts, and markets are embellished with colorful decorations. Huge Christmas trees adorned with twinkling light bulbs can be seen at various places, making it one of the most joyous occasions of the year. People visit churches, where the soothing sound of carols sweep everyone into the Christmas spirit.
The day of Easter is observed with great enthusiasm across Goa. The event that marks the resurrection of Jesus is one of the most revered days for the regionís Christians. The rituals generally begin on Thursday and continue till Sunday. Thousands of people converge to the state from all over the country for the holy occasion.
Also known as Shigmotsav, Shigmo is a festival that marks the end of winter season and the arrival of spring. People play with colors and take out processions that depict scenes from mythological lores. The festivities continue for upto a period of 15 days.