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Dancing in the streets, brilliantly coloured floats festooned with a rainbow of flowers and feathers, masks - and of course the grand finale; the crowning 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 Club National in Panaji, on the evening of the last day.
The legendary King Momo will rule over Goa for four days and will throw open Carnaval revelry in the capital city on 25th February 2017.
Elaborate floats, music, dancing and décor will form part of the four day Carnaval extravaganza and one you will not want to miss. Float parades in the four cities: Panjim, Margao, Vasco and Mapusa will be held from February 25-28 respectively.
Some history on Carnaval:
Carnaval is celebrated in Goa since the 18th century. Meant to be a feasting-drinking-merrymaking orgy just before the 40 days of Lent; a time of abstinence and spirituality. The Carnaval is exclusive and unique to Goa, and was introduced by the Portuguese who ruled over Goa for over five hundred years.
The float parades are organized in association with the State Tourism Department. Although, the four-day festival is primarily celebrated by Christians, it has also absorbed Hindu tradition revelry, western dance forms, and turned into a pageantry of sorts.
The origins and nature of the carnaval can be traced to the hedonistic feasts of ancient Rome and Greece.
The word Carnival (Carnaval in Portuguese) is derived from a Latin word meaning to take away meat and is an expression of the 40-day period of fasting of Lent, during which abstinence from meat is a rule.
The carnaval is not celebrated anywhere else in India and was in decline even in Goa in the last few years of Portuguese rule. It was revived with the Liberation of Goa, and is a boost to tourism drawing lakhs of tourists from far and wide to witness and participate in the four day revelry.