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    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 during the time of festivals in Goa.
    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 this list of festivals in Goa and live a life like the locals who never are exhausted to enjoy!

    15 Vibrant Festivals In Goa 2020

    Goa is not just a party state. You will also find a milieu of culture and festivities here. Attend these Goa festivals 2020 and have unique experiences on your vacation.

    Goa Festivals Dates
    Goa Carnival 22-25 Feb
    Christmas 25 Dec
    Saptah festival 16th Aug onwards
    New Year 31st Dec
    Grape Escapade January
    Goa Food & Cultural Fest February
    Goa Cashew & Coconut Fest April/May
    Sao Jao 24th June
    Goa Sunburn Festival December
    VH1 Supersonic 27-30th December
    Shigmo Festival 21st March
    Three Kings Feast 6th Jan
    Feast of St. Francis Xavier 3rd Dec
    Bonderam Festival 4th Sat of Aug

    1. Goa Carnival 2020- ‘The Intruz In the World of Colors’

    Dance performances at one of the best festivals of Goa - the Carnival

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    One of the hottest and most happening festivals in 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
    Goa Carnival 2020 Dates: 22nd February to 25th February
    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!

    2. Christmas- The Festival Of Magic & Glitters

    Christmas celebration on Goa

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    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. Christmas is the main festival of Goa along with festivites from other religions and faoith.

    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! ;)

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    3. Saptah Festival- Celebration Of Strength

    Mob in front of Damodar temple in Goa

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    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. You must take part in one of the most interesting Goa festivals 2020.

    Location: Vasco region of Goa
    When: Begins 16th August for 7 days.

    4. New Year Fiesta – The Vibrant Side Of The End

    New year celebrations at Siloso beach party in Goa

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    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 a vibrant beach festival 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

    The Grape Escapade of one of the most unique wine tasting festivals in Goa & in India

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    One of the most unique festivals in Goa, The Grape Escapade is a popular gourmet and unique cultural celebration. The is one of the best Goan festivals which brings wine connoisseurs of the world to savour the delectable flavours of grapes from India and abroad. Being one of the famous festival of Goa, it has worldwide charm.

    Location: Panjim
    When? January
    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

    Delectable Goan seafood on display at Goa food & Cultural festival

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    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! The festivals in Goa cannot get more exciting for foodies.

    Where? Beaches of Goa
    When? February 
    Don’t Miss: Delectable Goan delicacies- fish curry and rice including barbecues, pasta, oriental cuisine and other desserts.

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    7. Goa Cashew and Coconut Fest

    A tourist posing with the mascot of Cashew and Coconut festival in Goa

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    As Cashew was introduced firstly in Goa, it adds greatly to the economy of the state. One of the most interesting festivals 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.

    Location: Panaji
    When? In the month of April or 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

    Goans dancing in merriment at the Sao Joao festival in Goa

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    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

    Music lovers enjoying the Sunburn - the best & the biggest music festival in Goa

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    If you are a music lover, you need to get yourself to Asia’s premiere three day electronic dance and music event Goa Sunburn 2020! Sunburn is a synergy of music, entertainment, food, shopping and lifestyle that pulls music tourism in India. It is one of the most popular Goa festivals 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!

    Nikhil Chinnappa at Vh1 Supersonic - one of the most talked about music festivals in Goa

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    Another one of the best music Goa festivals 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

    Festivals of colors Goa

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    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? 21st 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.

    12. Goa Mango Festival – The Juicy Festival

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    This is hosted by Goa’s agriculture directorate. Through the festival Goa celebrates the onset of the mango season. The variety of mangoes grown in Goa are put to display and the best variant is picked up. The mango festival is hosted alongside the Konkan Fruit Festival. Competitions like mango carvings are also held. There are various mango products and demonstrations of new technologies related to farming.

    Location: Panaji

    13. Three Kings Feast

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    Three Kings Feast is a famous festival of Goa and also one of the favorite holidays for Goan citizens. You are lucky to attend the festival as a tourist if you can. What happens in this festival is that three boys enact the scene where the three kings of Magi come to meet the baby Jesus bearing gifts. There is excitement among the locals. It is also believed that the nearby hill has the footprints.

    Location: Cansaulim, Arossim and Quelim
    When: 6 January, 2020
    Major attractions: procession, ritual of gifts giving, food, drinks

    14. Feast of St. Francis Xavier

    Basilica Bom Jesus

    St. Francis Xavier was the patron saint of Goa to whom this festival is dedicated. The festival is commemorated as the death anniversary of the holy saint. The mortal remains of the house are housed in Basilica of Bom Jesus which is visited by thousands of devotees on the eve. A variety of ceremonies are conducted to pay reverence to the saint. It is a popular festival of Goa.

    Location: Basilica of Bom Jesus
    When: 3rd December
    Major attractions: the silver casket in which the remains of the saint are kept is on display every 10 years. 2024 is the next time it will be on display.

    15. Bonderam Festival

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    Bonderam Festival is a famous festival in Goa that is celebrated on the quiet island of Divar. This day is celebrated as the victory of villagers against Portuguese on the island who demarcated areas on the island with flags that could not be visited by the villagers. During this time, the whole island comes alive with dancing, music, and food.

    Location: Divar Island
    When: 4th Saturday of August
    Major attractions: huge parade, music fest

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    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. There is more to this place than jsut partying and hopping shacks. Book your trip to Goa with TravelTriangle now and be a part of these festivals in Goa.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Festivals In Goa


    Q. Why is Goa carnival celebrated?

    A. Goa Carnival is a popular festival in the state. It has been celebrated since the 18th century and the carnival is unique to Goa. The major highlight is King Momo and his grand prize distribution ceremonies along with fancy dress parades.

    Q. Are 3 days enough in Goa?

    A. 3 days in Goa are enough to explore all the famous attractions and other touristy places. However, no number of days are enough for this attractive place as travellers get hooked to this place.

    Q. What is Sunburn Festival 2020?

    A. Sunburn festival is Asia’s largest music festival. It is an electronic dance music festival held for three days. The festival is a mix of entertainment, food, music, shopping and lifestyle.

    Q. Which part of Goa is the best?

    A. Every corner of this beach town, whether it is North Goa or South Goa, it is best and perfect.  However, the best place for you depends on if you are a party animal or if you like to chill in a peaceful environment.

    Q. What language is spoken in Goa?

    A. Konkani is the official language of Goa. The total number of languages used in Goa are Konkani, Hindi, English, Portuguese and Marathi.

    Q. What is the famous food of Goa?

    A. The tropical climate has influenced the food of Goa to be in varied flavours and spices. The staple food here is rice and fish curry.

    Q. How safe is Goa?

    A. Goa is quite a safe place for tourist. Women can also travel during the night. One should just take safety measures and avoid places that are secluded.

    Q. When is the best time to visit Goa?

    A. The best time to visit Goa is between November and March when the weather is pleasant and beautiful with a cool sea breeze blowing.

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