Monday, January 12, 2015

Goa's Carnaval will see Cupids shooting love arrows this year

Goa's annual carnaval coincides with Valentine's Day this year and this will reflect in the Carnaval too. One of the themes will therefore be 'Cupid and Love'! 

The four-day event scheduled to be held from February 14 to 17, 2015. King Momo will pronounce his reign over Goa at the first parade in Panaji on Saturday, 14 February with his entourage following him.

The spectacular traditional Carnaval float parades in other cities of Margao, Vasco, Mapusa and Ponda will be held as well. Cultural  programs and dances will also be organized across the state and tourists alongside Goans will be able to feel the Carnaval spirit flowing through their veins. Literally, even!

The  Goan Carnaval  was introduced  by the  Portuguese  who ruled  Goa for over four centuries and the festival is a legacy of several hundred years of Portuguese rule. From quiet  celebrations about seven to eight decades ago, the Carnaval has grown over the years to be India’s biggest cultural event drawing lakhs of tourists to Goa.

Brass bands, colourful décor, and Carnaval caricatures will be prominently displayed at all parade venues. 

The annual Food & Cultural Festival is also scheduled from February 13 to 17, 2015 and this will showcase some culinary heirlooms of Goa alongside modern cuisine in the state. Cultural programs, music, dance performances and Goan folklore will be prominently   showcased during the Food & Culture Fest.

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