Dancing in the streets, brilliantly coloured floats festooned with a rainbow of flowers and feathers, masks - and of course the grand finale; the crowing of King Momo and the Red and Black ball. All this and more is part and parcel of Carnaval in Goa. King Momo...Read more +
King Momo, or the king of Chaos, is a character derived from the Greek god Momus, who is the god of satire. He is usually depicted removing a mask. Like in the many of the Latino Carnivals, the Goa Carnival also crowns a King Momo, usually a large gentleman. The court of King Momo in Goa is usually made up of fire eaters, jesters, dancers, a brass band and other revellers who make their way down the streets of Panaji whilst the King encourages people to “Kha, piye aani majja kar” i.e. “Eat, drink and make merry.
There are celebrations in villages and cities all across Goa. The parade with its floats, entertainers and dancers moves through the major cities. Festivities usually begin around 3 pm and last for about 3 hours. The celebrations culminate with the famous Red and Black Ball which is usually held at the Clube National in Panaji, on the evening of the last day.
Join the Party ! The good news is that you don’t need tickets for the carnival! Everyone is invited. So get your glad rags on, dig out some nice comfy shoes and get ready to party Goa-style for three days straight. Since the planning has already begun, it looks like being the party of the year, and an experience you will never forget.
Carnaval in Goa is an old Portuguese tradition, introduced to Goa about 500 years ago. The celebration remains vastly popular even today and retains a Portuguese flavour, even though it is now celebrated by people from all walks of life. In Goa, it is pronounced as ‘Carnaval’ in keeping with its roots…Read more +
Carnaval is held in the 3-4 days preceding the Lenten season, which is traditionally a period of 6 weeks before Easter when the people fast, or abstain from meat and alcohol to commemorate the 40 days that Jesus spent fasting in the desert. This then was a period of final celebrations, one last humongous party, before the Lenten penitence began.
Carnival 2016: Goa, with its rich culture and traditions has a lot to contribute to the world of performing arts. This year sees partners from across the sea,… Read more +
joining hands, meshing ideas and cultures. Dancers, Artistes and Craftsmen from Goa, Cape Town, South Africa and Brouhaha, Liverpool, have visited each other, sharing ideas and participating in work-shops and some of this will culminate in enriching festivals and carnivals in each country.