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.