The Carnival or 'Carmen levare' literally means putting away flesh. Annually four day celebration, sweeping Goa off its feet. Pulsating rhythms of Guitar and folk songs capture the streets of Goa with King Momo leading the way. Youngsters disguised in colourful costumes parade in troupes and line the alleys with soaring energies. Youth beats, fun and frolic, time for unlimited merrymaking.
The Carnival a three day festival celebrated by Christians, Hindus and many
other Goans make it a sorted celebration for all. The February temptation of
Goa pulls a crowd of thousand people to participate in the Carnival
introduced by the portuguese rulers. Visit Goa during the month of festival
and you will spot many hippies glee fully waiting for this gigantic
Goa Gung Ho!!!
The beaches are seen dancing and moon strumming rays of its light on Goa
during three days of unremitting Carnival that floods the state with music,
dances, shows and events. The Carnival is inaugurated every year by King
Momo who takes over the state marking the square one of week unbridled
festivity and euphoria. Having a rich primogeniture of centuries Goa's
relives its Sussegad soul during the Carnival. Goa Carnival is one festival
that is meant for feasting-drinking-merrymaking binge prior to the 40 days
of austere Lent. Huge parades, street plays, and ad-lib farces are played in
front of high-adrenaline level audiences. There are many more activities for
children like popular lullabies and nursery rhymes and mask dances. Towards
the end of Carnival and on the final day of festival King Momo distributes
prizes to the best entertainer and performer. The carnival concludes with
the famous red-and-black dance held by the Club National in Panajim on the
A funfair that was once acclaimed for its hedonistic feasts in ancient
Rome and Greece. The Carvinal that grew to engulf everyone in its
festivity commenced in the Spanish and Portuguese colonies, and
gradually became known for their singing, dancing and drinking. If you
visit Goa for sole purpose of participation in the Carnival book your
hotels in advance. The quondam rulers of the state brought out the
Carnival to be a rowdy celebrations where oranges, lemons, mud, flour,
eggs, sand-filled gloves with water and various liquids and glue were
aimed at passersby. The percept involving Goa Carnival was discarding
the waste before the 40 days of Lent. The people involved into unchecked
eating of all kinds of foods like eggs, cakes and pastries for all the
three festival days. The Goa Carnival remains original till date with
same frenetic pitch on the final day of the festival.
All are invited
The soul of the festival are people from all caste, creed and walks of
life are welcomed to enjoy Goa Carnival.
Air : Dabolim Airport is the major entry point for
Goa situated at a distance of around 29 km from Panaji on the coast near
Vasco da Gama.
Rail : Reaching Goa by train is easy from Mumbai
(490 km), Bangalore (430 km), and Delhi (1874 km). Goa's two major rail
centers Margao and Vasco da Gama.
Road : Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka state
transport corporations operate from Panaji's Kadamba bus stand.
Sea : Reaching Goa are through water way is another
major transport medium. Several ferry services are also available. A few
shipping companies operates boat service between Mumbai and Panaji.