Goa Carnival Significance

Goa Carnival SignificanceGoa Carnival is held in mid February. It is the weeklong event that comprises of lively processions, floats, the strumming of guitars, graceful dances and of non-stop festivity. It is in fact the most eagerly awaited event.

This Carnival is exclusive and unique to Goa, and was introduced by the Portuguese who ruled over Goa for over five hundred years.

Christians primarily celebrate this three-day festival through traditional revelry, western dance forms, and turn it into a pageantry of sorts. Though it started as a celebration enjoyed only by the local population, it is looked forward by thousands of people from all over the country.

The carnival is meant to be a feasting-drinking-merrymaking orgy just before the austere 40 days of Lent. Huge parades are organized throughout the state with bands, dances and floats out all night on the streets, and grand balls held in the evenings. The carnival concludes with the famous red-and-black dance on the final day.

The word Carnival is derived from a Latin word meaning ‘to take away meat’ and is an expression of the 40-day period of fasting of Lent, during which abstinence from meat is a rule.

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