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With a harmonious mix of variant creed and thought flow in its population, Goa has always a reason to celebrate. Despite a long period of Portuguese colonisation, the colourful festivals have retained their unique Goan aroma and are celebrated with deep fervour. Most of the celebrations are woven around religious occasions. Christian Festivals, Goa Christian Festival, Christian Festival India Goa, Goa Christian Festival Info, Christian Fairs and Festival Information Goa India Singing and dancing becomes a part of life. People step down to streets in vibrant attires and the whole state pulsates with the beats of merriment. Come to Goa during your holiday to see a new life. A life that never gets tired to enjoy!
Just before Lent in February-March, Goa surrenders to the spirit of fun and frolic and celebrates the Carnival. A portuguese legacy, Goans celebrate the Carnival with mind-blowing dance performances, euphonic music, delicious food, float parades and the uproarious festivities of three days, presided over by King Momo in all the major towns. Join in, let your hair down to the exquisite spirit of joie de vivre and get a memorable experience to relish throughout your life.
The mixed culture of Goa is manifestated in other festivals too. Be a part of the glamorous Shigmo, applauded as the festival of colours. You can see colourful floats depicting Hindu mythology. Dance with the rhythm of cymbals with the folks, adorned in traditional costumes and carrying myriad coloured flags. The biggest Christian festival - the Feast of St. Francis Xavier - is held on 3rd December at Old Goa and is attended by thousands of devotees from all pockets of the world. The festival is unique in a way that it beckons an interesting blend of east and the west. The magnificent dance forms like Kunbi and Mando are vivid examples of this fusion of Oriental and Western cultures - with predominatly western music and oriental movements. Goa has a few other unparagoned festivals that gives this palm-fringed state an extra edge.
While Goa celebrates 365 days of the year, the monsoon festivals are fascinating as the rituals around them are a passageway to ancient fertility rites and worship of the elements that are long forgotten. The Sao Joah (Saint John) feast is an interesting occassion in which the village folks jump into monsoon drenched wells. Goans explain the custom with a reference to St. John, the Baptist, leaping in his mother's womb when she met Mary, the mother of Jesus. You can see a number of makeshift rafts - sangodd - or boats adorned impressively floating on streams and rivers in some north Goans villages. As the rains wash the terrain and red mud comes to their true self, Goa springs up in Chikhalkala, the festival of mud that takes place in front of Devaki Krishna Temple in Marcela, in Ponda Taluka. It is amazing to see players (khelgadi) smear oil on their bodies and play traditional games in the mud, believed to have been played by child Krishna.