Goa, the place is just not about the stunning lovely golden sand beaches or the water sports or the marvellous churches or the perfectly lined palm trees or the friendly people but it is also about their traditions, religions and some of the unique and crazy festivals celebrated in Goa.
Here Is A List Of 9 Crazy Festivals Celebrated in Goa
1. Goa Carnival
One of the major, unique and one of its kind festival in all over the India, Goa Carnival is celebrated in Goa. The carnival is also called as “Intruz” is all about colours, amazing music, dance, costumes and of course lots of food. Goa Carnival is one of the primary and joyous festival celebrated in Goa. Parades depicting various cultures are held during the carnival with various themes and representations. During morning people celebrate with singing, street plays and food while in the evening, they like to participate in all the crazy dancing and partying. The festival takes place for 3 days in the month of February at various places in Goa such as Panjim, Vasco-D-Gama, Mapusa, etc. The Sawdust fight, black dances and a parade with fancy dress is surely not to miss.
Being densely occupied with Christians, Christmas is a popular festival in Goa celebrated with huge energy and excitements and hence makes the Christmas celebration completely different from other states of the country. The complete state glitters in different colours, the decorated and glittering Christmas trees can be found almost around every corner. You may came across small groups of carol singers walking around the streets and spreading hymns and joys and cheer everywhere. Several churches holds midnight masses which will make the atmosphere completely spiritual. Everyone celebrates, dances, drinks and share joy with each other. Don’t forget to taste yummy puddings and cakes that are made especially for this occasion.
3.New Year Eve
If you are a party lover, then Goa is the perfect place to celebrate new year’s eve. Celebrated at most of the hotels and at beaches in all over the state, the new year is welcomed with deliciously superb food, loud music, unbeatable dance floor, colourful lightings and lots of booze. Parties at some places lasts for midnight to the dawn. So what are you waiting for, gather your gang and head to Goa for new year.
4. Grape Escapade
Celebrated in the last week of February for long 4 days, Grape Escapade is a famous and one of its kind festival celebrated in Goa. This popular, unique celebration is a cultural celebration which is a heaven for wine lovers as it brings wine lovers from all over the world to smell, taste and enjoy numerous and unique flavours of wine and grapes not only from India but also from other parts of the world. With wine, one can also enjoy live music, open dance floor, several dance performances and what not.
5. Goa Cultural and Food Festival
Are you fond of sea food especially special Goan curries with the Portuguese touch? If yes, then Food and Cultural Festival of Goa is a perfect location for you to be at. The place is not restricted to anyone, from high rated five-star hotels to local restaurants to housewives, everyone actively participate in this festival to showcase their cookery art and to satisfy your taste bud. The festival is celebrated for 5 days in the month of April. Don’t forget to try Goan Fish curries and Goan desserts at the festival.
6. Goa Cashew and Coconut Festival
This crazy, interesting and unique festival can be celebrated only in Goa. As cashew nuts were firstly introduced in Goa, it is also one of the main economy booster of Goa. This festival exhibits some cuisines, rare art and their mixture along with some crazy activities like coconut breaking, cashew stomping, tasting fenny cocktails especially cashew fenny. The festival also includes delicious Goan food such asrice, Goan curries and lots of sea food. The festival is celebrated during the month of May at the capital city, Panaji.
7. Sao Joao
Sao Joao is a unique Catholic festival celebrated all over in Goa every year on 24th of June. The festival is celebrated as a tribute to the Baptist, St. John. To celebrate this festival, devotees jump and swim in their drinking water wells. The youth of the village wears crowns made up of leaves and feathers and drink fenny. People also gift fruit baskets to each other.
8. Sunburn Festival
Are you a music lover? Do you like to listen to the rock bands in high volume? Do you like to move your feet on the music and dance as if no one is watching? Well, if all the above answers are yes then start planning for a Sunburn Festival at Goa. Sunburn Festival is India’s largest Electronic Music Festival which attracts over 3,50,000 music lovers every years who dance to the tunes of hundreds of artists each year. The festival lasts for 3 long days in the month of December. The festival is a perfect combination of trance and electronic music performed by artists from all over the world and attracts lots of music lover and tourists not only from India but from all over the world. The festival is celebrated at Calangute beach, Goa.
9. Shigmo Festival
Shigmo is one of the major festival celebrated by Hindu community in Goa which is almost similar to famous Holi festival in other parts of the country. The festival is celebrated on the streets with parades accompanied by music and inexhaustible folk dance performed by local women and men depicting the mythological and religious scenes and of course lots of colours. The festival is celebrated every year in March at 14 different parts of the state including Vasco, Panajim, Mapusa, etc.
Goa is really crazy, and one of the best ways to witness this craziness is by attending these festivals.