With a harmonious mix of variant credo and thought flow in its population Goa celebrates religious, music, dance & food festivals with extreme enthusiasm. Singing and dancing are a part of life every Goans life. The entire state throbs with the beats of merriment.
This city of happy-go-lucky people welcomes the tourist all over the world to show its glamour and dazzling celebrations. So, plan your trip to the witness the festivals of Goa and live a life like the locals who never are exhausted to enjoy!
1. Goa Carnival- ‘The Intruz In the World of Colors’
This hot and happening festival of Goa, Carnival or the ‘Intruz’ is the only one of its kind in India! Set to dazzle with colour, costumes, foot-tapping music and a soul-stirring extravaganza. Apart from the non-stop festivity, the streets are beautified with vibrant colors and floats leaving everyone spellbound and in merry!
Location: Panjim, Mapusa, Margoa and Vasco Da Gama
Dates: Feb, 14 to Feb, 17
Major attractions: The King Momo and his grand prize distribution ceremonies along with fancy dress parades and,red and black dances!
Don’t miss: The sawdust fight!
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2. Christmas- The Festival Of Magic & Glitters
As the winter strikes, it open doors to usher in the grandest of all celebrations in Goa. The market places are over- embellished with trinkets and glittering christmas trees are found in all the nooks and corner of the State.
Location: All across the state
Grand Celebrations: Christmas Eve
What’s Special? Traditional midnight masses and glittering aura will enhanct you at this magnificent festival in Goa.
Don’t Miss: The delicious cake and pudding prepared especially during this festival. PS: To enjoy the feast the most, befriend a Goan before hand! ;)
3. Saptah Festival- Celebration Of Strength
This century old festival is a tribute to numerous people who lost their lives in a severe epidemic that hit Vasco.The residents visited Damodar temple to seek almighty blessings and the replacement is accompanied by elaborate rites and rituals which marks the festival of Saptah.
Location: Vasco region of Goa
When: During September for 7 days.
4. New Year Fiesta – The Vibrant Side Of The End
With its inherent party culture, the state is the ideal venue for celebrating the birth of a new year amid fun and frolic. The atmosphere reverberates with the cordial ‘Happy New Year’ greetings. This is one of the most vibrant festivals in Goa.
Location: All across the state
When? Last few days of the year
Major attractions: Euphonic church bells give a happy beginning and throbbing drums clubbed with Goan trance mark the nights.
Don’t miss: Partying till the wee hours of the night, sometimes till the dawn, followed by some quiet and cozy moments at the beach.
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5. Grape Escapade – Biggest Wine Festival Of India
One of the most unique festivals in Goa, The Grape Escapade is a popular gourmet and unique cultural celebration. The festival brings wine connoisseurs of the world to savour the delectable flavours of grapes from India and abroad.
When? 23rd February – 26th February (Last week of February)
Major attractions: Taste the decade old wines and let the fashion shows, live music and dance performances add to the merriment of the evenings at the Grape Escapade
Don’t miss: The ‘Wine- Stomping’ sessions as well as the ‘Grape Escapade Queen’ contest
6. Goa Food and Cultural festival
Do you drool over the Goan curries, the Portuguese Vindaloo and the Goan fish ‘n’ chips?! The Food & Cultural Festival of Goa is the place to be for you! Everyone from homemakers, restaurateurs to high-profile chefs of 5-star hotels take part in the festival exhibiting their culinary art at various beaches in Goa!
Where? Beaches of Goa
When? In the month of April for 5 days.
Don’t Miss: Delectable Goan delicacies- fish curry and rice including barbecues, pasta, oriental cuisine and other desserts.
7. Goa Cashew and Coconut Fest
As Cashew was introduced firstly in Goa, it adds greatly to the economy of the state. This interesting festival in Goa showcases rare arts, cuisines and concoctions. Some interesting activities that can be experienced are cashew stomping, coconut breaking and a taste of exotic fenny cocktails.
When? In the month of May
Don’t miss: Must go for cashew fenny, poi filled with meat, Goan curries, rice and whole lot of seafood.
8. Sao Joao – The Dancing Monsoon Fiesta
Image a procession of village youth wearing crowns of leaves & feathers, carrying bottles of Fenny advancing through the village. Sao Joao festival in Goa is loaded with folk dances, music, fruits and fenny.
Location: All over state
When: 24th June
Major attractions: Pool parties serves as a complete package of merriment and joy.
9. Sunburn Festival – Call For Music Lover
If you are a music lover, you need to get yourself to Asia’s premiere three day electronic dance and music event Sunburn! Sunburn is a synergy of music, entertainment, food, shopping and lifestyle that pulls music tourism in India. It is one of the most popular festivals in Goa that attracts tourists from all over the world.
Location: Calangute Beach
When? In the month of December for 3 days.
10. VH1 Supersonic – Music, Beaches & Parties!
Another one of the best music festivals in Goa is VH1 Supersonic. Block your dates for the most awaited EMD beach party in India – Vh1 Supersonic. Vh1 Supersonic features an array of International and Indian artists & provides electrifying beats aimed to make you dance to your heart’s content.
Location: All geared up to take place on the sunny sands of Candolim Beach When: 27th – 30th December
11. Shigmo festival- The dance of colours
Shigmo is Goa’s answer to Holi. Shigmo parade is a street festival binged with music, dance, colours and float parade. The life of a Goan is portrayed in elaborate folk performances by local men and women who dance inexhaustibly in huge processions along with the parade.,The festival respects the homecoming of mortals who had left their homes and families at the end of Dusshera to fight the encroachers.
Location: Celebrated at different 14 parts of Goa like, Ponda, Mapusa, Panji, Margao, Pernem, Vasco,etc.
When? 17th march
Major attractions: Attired in traditional costumes, folk groups consisting of women dancers give vibrant performances of various Divli dances, also folk dances like Ghode Modni and Fugdi.
So what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on the action and the chance to be at the forefront of the world’s most incredible festive zone this year.
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