Fairs & Festivals in GOA
Goa Carnival :
pagan in rituals, color forms and the abandon, Carnival, in Goa is one very vibrant
festival that heralds the time of lent for the Goan Christian community. Celebrated as a
three day period of merrymaking and revelry where the Monarch of the festival, King Momo
and his consort the queen are chosen, and they open the festivities, Carnival is one of
the most awaited summer fiestas.
Adapted from the Portuguese
during their tenure in Goa, Carnival highlights grand parades of floats and decorated
traditional and cultural troupes performing on the roads as part of the programs organized
and feted by the Government and the tourism industry. The huge floats are artistic
creations that enhance the community's desire to highlight the different aspects of social
and cultural mores that exist in today's society. The dancers are a vibrant addition to
the parades that line the streets in Goa where thousands flock to witness the exotica, in
the major townships. The rural community has its own charming and traditional aspect with
traveling troupes performing in different areas and the colourful costumes and merry
inebriation that is a part of the spirit of Fun.
CHRISTIAN FESTIVALS :
January 6th :Feast of Three Kings at Reis
Cansaulim and Chandor.
February 2nd : Feast of Our Lady of Candelaria at
Carnival Monday after 5th sunday in Lent,
Procession of All Saints of the third Franciscan Order (only other besides Rome at Old Goa
- Velha. 1st Sunday after Easter - Feast of Jesus of Nazareth at Siridao 16 days after
Easter - Feast of Our Lady of Miracles at Mapusa
: Festival of Novidades - offerings of first
sheaves of rice crop to the Head of State.
October :1st fortnight - Fama de Menino Jesus at Colva
3rd Wednesday of the month - Feast of Our
Lady of the Rosary at Navelim.
3rd - Feast of St.Francis Xavier, Patron Saint
of Goans at Old Goa
December 8th :
Feast of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
at Panaji and Margao.
December 25th :
Christmas all over Goa.
HINDU FESTIVALS :
Hindu festivals are harder to date because of the different calendar they include :
January : Festival of Shantadurga Prasann at the small
village of Fatorpa, south of Margao. There is a night time procession of chariots bearing
the goddess and as many as 100,000 people flock to the festival. The Shri Bodgeshwar zatra
or temple festival takes place just south of Mapusa.
February : The three day zatra of Shri Mangesh takes
place in the lavish temple of that name in the Ponda district. In the old Fontainhas
district of Panaji the Maruti zatra draws huge and colourful crowds. Maruti is another
name for Hanuman.
March : In Goa the festival of Holi is called
There's a parade in Panaji and numerous temple festivals around Goa. In the Procession of
Umbrellas at Cuncolim, Shantadurga is carried in procession over the hills to the original
temple site wrecked by the Portuguese in 1580. The route taken is the same one by which
the image was spirited away to safety outside the Portuguese borders. It's a colourful and
Shigmotsav : All over
Goa. Special celebrations at Panaji,
Mapusa,Vasco-da-Gama and Margao.
Shigmo [Holi] 19th-26th March :
Generally known as
Holi, the month of Phalgun signifies the onset of
what in Goa is known as Shigmo. Celebrated mostly by the masses in the close religious association of religious rites,
the festival of Shigmo is accompanied by the fanfare of drum beats and the epic enactions
of Mythology. Colour in vivid vibrancy hues the festivities that bedeck every area that is
and "Neel" are abundantly used to colour the very atmosphere in celebration of
what is heralding the onset of the most colourful season, Spring.
Today, the Shigmotsav has highlighted its festivities with the performance of troupes in the form of
parades and cultural dances. The streets in the townships, at dusk resound with the music
of the Dholl, the drums and conches as huge effigies of wondrous colour and light effects
parade their way to prize winning combinations.
A spring festival celebrated on the full moon day of the month of Phalgun in March.
Zatra In all temples of special importance being at Mangueshi, Nagueshi,
Ramnathi, Kavlem, Madkai, Kundai, Shiroda, Khandepar, Borim,
Kapileshwari,Mulgaon,Fatorpa, Amona,Shirgao, Marshel, Mala-Panaji, Mapusa,
Velinga, Karmali and Calangute. Mahashivrati Harvalem, Ramnathi, Kavlem,
Mangueshi, Nagueshi, Shiroda, Brahmapuri, Shirgao, Kasarpal, Fatorpa and Panaji.
Rangapanchami: (Gulal), Kasarpal and Zambaulim. Ramnavami: Partagal - Canacona
Chaitra - Purnima Borim, Sanquelim, Nagueshi, Chandranath, Cudnem and Mashem -
Canacona. Gokulashtami: Narve - Bicholim Ganesh Chaturthi: All over Goa
Deepawali: All over Goa.
Navratra Utsav At all Hindu Temples. Special celebrations at Shantadurga,
Mahalakshimi and Ramnath temples at Ponda and Kalika Devi Temple at Kasarpal.
All over Goa. Kojagiri Purnima: Mardol - Ponda. Dattajayanti: Sanquelim, Quepem &
Dattawadi in Mapusa.
Muslim Festivals :
Urs of Shah Abdullah at Ponda -
17th Zilhaj (February)