Festivals & Events
The festivals and events of Goa are an important part of tourism in Goa. All the major religious festivals of India are celebrated in Goa, the land of festivals, events and celebrations. In short feasts are quite regular in Goan life. The festivals and events of Goa are an important part of tourism in Goa. Among the many and various colorful feasts and festivals that are celebrated in Goa, the "Goa Carnival" is the most eagerly awaited event with great fun & frolic, music & dancing, lasting for three days.
The "Goa Carnival" is exclusive and unique to Goa and was introduced by the Portuguese who ruled over Goa for over five hundred years. The carnival is held in February for three days and nights, when the legendary king Momo (Carnival Character - considered to be the king of Carnivals) takes over the state and the streets come alive with music and color. The King presides over the three-day festivities, which attract visitors from all over India and abroad.
Goa calendar is overwhelmed by the colorful festivals and events. Most of the celebrations are woven around religious occasions. The most popular Hindu festivals are Shivratri, Basant Panchami, Ramnavami, Gokul Ashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Dusshera, Diwali and Govardhan Puja. Apart from religious festivals, there are cultural festivals and carnivals organized round the year. Typical Goan festivals and feasts are also organized in the state like Shigmoutsav, Feast of Our Lady of Candelaria, Pop and Jazz Music Festival and Feast of Three Kings.
With the majority of the population being Hindu, Goa has scores of festivals celebrated all around the year. The Hindu community in Goa primarily celebrates Ganesha Chaturthi, Diwali, Dusshera, Holi, Rakshabandhan (Rakhi), Rama Navmi and Krishna Janmashtami festivals. The long period of Portuguese colonisation, has given unique Goan character to the Hindu festivals and are celebrated in distinctive and stylish elegance.
The Christians in Goa celebrate their festivals with much splendor and delight and are worth a watch. Some major festivals celebrated by the Christians in Goa are Christmas, Good Friday, St. Xavier's Feast, Feast of the Three Kings, Bonderam and the Margao Feast. People in Goa celebrate all Christian festivals with much joy and enthusiasm.
Though the Muslim population is minimal in Goa, yet the major festivals are celebrated with much splendor and vigor. Muslim festivals that are celebrated in Goa are Urus of Shah Abdullah, Id-ul-Fitr and Id-ul-Zuha. The Muslim colonies are beautifully decorated with streamers and elaborate feasts are prepared in Muslim households. People in Goa celebrate all Muslim festivals with much joy and enthusiasm.
List of important festivals & events in Goa
- Goa Carnival
- St. Xavier's Feast
- Margao Feast
- Bonderam Festival (Historic Social Festival)
- Procession of All Saints
- Feast of Three Kings
- Goa Food Festival
- Ganesha Festival
- Diwali / Deepawali
- Shantadurga Yatra
- Govardhan Puja
- Shigmo Festival
- Urus of Shah Abdullah
- Grape Festival
- Pop and Jazz Music Festival