One of the major attractions in Goa is the Carnival. In fact, it is popularly known as the Goa Carnival. Goa comes alive in all its beauty and splendor during the carnival, as it is one of the most important celebrations in Goa. The Goa Carnival has been celebrated since the 18th century. The Carnival is meant to be a time for feasting, drinking and merry making. The Goa Carnival takes place just before the 40 days of Lent, a time of asceticism and holiness. Throughout the city, huge parades are organized with bands, floats, balls and dances in the evenings. The festival continues for 3 days and is celebrated throughout Goa. People of all religions take part in the festivities and enjoy thoroughly.
The genesis of the Goa Carnival finds its way to the pleasure-seeking
feasts of ancient Rome and Greece. It made its emergence in the Spanish and
Portuguese colonies, where it gradually untouched into a very Latin style of
singing, drinking and dancing stints. King Momo, who on the opening day
orders his subjects to party, supervises the carnival. The festival draws
thousands of tourists from all over the world for the 3 - day indulgence.
The Carnival is exclusively Goan and is not celebrated anywhere else in the
country. The Goans initiate the Carnival with the display of colorful
floats. Troupes of masked revelers who take immense pleasure in attiring
themselves in stunning costumes, sing and dance in delight to dynamic music
that is usually performed live by famous singers and artists. In order to
encourage some liveliness to the Carnival and give the Goans some credit,
the best floats are given generous prizes.