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Festivals in Goa

Goa Carnival

Various local Christian and Hindu festivals in Goa are celebrated which includes the Feast days of patron saints of villages and temple festivals.

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PICTURE : Celebration during Shingmotsav

Festivals in Goa - Shingomotsav Feastival, Goa
Shingomotsav Feastival, Goa

Christmas is a special time of almost universal festivity. Families get together and an air of excellent pervades the state.

In February/March the Carnival is celebrated for four days with colourful processions, floats and dances at Panaji, Margao, Vasco and Mapsua.
Ganesh Charurthi is a very special festival for Goans. During the ten day celebration people return to their ancestral homes and the little village and towns hums with excitement, as various ceremonies are observed.
Diwali is celebrated as the victory of good over evil and effigies of Narkasur are burnt throughout the state.

Festivals in Goa - Goa Carnival
Goa Carnival

The Shigmotsav is the local version of the festival of Holi which is celebrated for one week.
Parades with colourful floats with mythological themes are taken out in all major towns. Goa Carnival  is most famous among festivals in Goa.


The beautiful designed Kala Academy located an the banks of the river Mandovi at Panaji is the focus of cultural festivals throughout the yer. A Pop Beat and Jazz Music Festival is held in May. After September a regular calendar of events includes Bhajan and Kirtan festivals, The Sangeet Samaroh in November which attracts the finest performers from around the country, a Frama Festival and the well known Teatro Festival that celebrates Goa’s folk drama tradition.

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