Events of Goa – Like its rich history, the state of Goa is full of people that look forward to celebrations many times during the year. The people like to celebrate all the festivals to mark their respect for different religions.
Here are some of the major events of Goa.
1. Goa Carnival
The Goa carnival is an extravaganza of dazzling music, breathtaking colours, costumes and delicious food. It’s a three-day fun-filled package that brings you the vivacious parades, dances and shows. It takes place in the month of February. Do not forget to include it in your itinerary next time you plan for Goa.
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2. Feast of Saint Francis Xavier or Saint Francis Day
Saint Francis Xavier was a great missionary who was also known as Patron Saint of Goa. His death anniversary is celebrated on December 3rd every year. Devotees across the globe come to Goa to offer prayers and enjoy the Grand Feast.
3. Feast of three kings
It takes place between January 3rd to 6th every year to celebrate the reverend Lady of Mount. The Goans believe her to be their protector that blesses the married couples with children and fulfils other wishes made to her. It is a traditional festival, where three young boys are made to re-enact the three kings that arrive with gifts and sweets to bless the baby Jesus. Through this festival, you will get an opportunity to mingle with and know the intrinsic culture and traditions of Goan people.
4. Christmas day
The Christmas celebration in Goa is something that one should visit at least once in a lifetime. It is a grand event in Goa not only for Christians but people of all religions. It is celebrated with great pomp and show. You will see various stalls of sweets, mats, accessories, etc. all around Goa during the festive season.
5. Sao Joao festival
This is one of the festivals that depict the core traditions of the state. It is a festival for the sons-in-law to celebrate their arrival at their mother-in-law’s house; the son-in-law is made to wear a crown made from leaves and feathers. It is celebrated in the month of June to honour Saint John (Sao Joao), the Baptist. At the same time, the arrival of monsoon is welcomed by people by drinking Feni and jumping into streams, ponds and wells.
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6. Shigmo festival
It falls in the month of March to celebrate with colours the spirits of warriors that have attained martyrdom. It is very much like Holi and you can see the Goan men and women performing folk dances to celebrate.
We hope this information about the events of Goa adds to your fun and exploration of Goa.