It is that time of the year when Goa adorns a special look. The world famous Goa Carnival is ready to set stage from 25-28 February 2017. The significance of the carnival is simple – have a festival before the onset of Lent. The Portuguese are said to have started this carnival – an affair more for themselves than the local Konkanis who merely watched all the fun. A 500 year old tradition which started with a Portuguese essence is now pure Goan revelry. The preparations for the carnival begin soon after Christmas.
The Goa Carnival is a unique merry making festivity. There is dancing, fashion, music, food, beverages, short plays and games. The highlight of course is King Momo – the king of carnivals. There are many aspirants for the role and traditionally it just takes a tall fat man to be one! However, in Goa, the Goa Tourism board decides that the one who dons the title should be someone who has contributed significantly to the Goan entertainment industry (apart from being fat and tall!).
Balloons and streamers across the streets of Panjim, Mapusa, Margoa and Vasco da Gama add color to the city. People are seen in their relaxed best. The parade which is supposed to be the court of King Momo is made of fire eaters, jesters, dancers and a brass band of musicians. The king encourages everyone to “Kha, piye aani majja kar”, which means eat, drink and be merry.
While the carnival is a must do, you must not forget to indulge in some local shopping, getting adventurous with water sports, trying your luck at the casinos and making way to some gastronomical escapade.
Post the carnival, you can always head to a sleepy and less crowded south Goan village. And spend some time at Unhotel’s Portuguese Rainbow Villa to relax and rejuvenate. After all, you need a small vacation even after a vacation to recuperate!
Thank you Anuradha Goyal (www.inditales.com) for sharing your Goa Carnival pictures with Unhotel.0