Get set for Goa Carnaval, from February 14 to 17


Get set for Goa Carnaval, from February 14 to 17

The Food and Cultural Festival will begin on February 13, 2015

Panjim, Jan. 9: Goa’s  hot  and happening festival, Carnaval 2015, the only  one of  its  kind in India, is  set  to  dazzle  with  colour, costumes, foot-tapping music  and a soul-stirring extravaganza.

The annual extravaganza – Goa Carnaval 2015 – is scheduled to be held from February 14 to 17, 2015. This time, the fun-filled, four-day event coincides with the Valentine’s Day (February 14) weekend and this will reflect in the Carnaval too, as the themes will revolve around ‘Cupid and Love’.
Goa Tourism is also working around themes like ‘Love Goa’ and ‘Celebrate with Goa’.

King Momo  will  pronounce his  reign  over Goa for  three days  at the  first parade in the capital  city   on Saturday, 14th  February 2015 and his  entourage  will be a sight to  behold.

The  spectacular  and impressive traditional  Carnaval  float parades  in other major  cities  of  Margao, Vasco, Mapusa and Ponda will  be  held during  the  four-day festivities. Cultural  programs and dances will also  be organized all across the  State and revelers, tourists  and Goans  will feel the  Carnaval spirit flowing through their  veins.

The  Carnaval  was introduced  by the  Portuguese  who ruled  Goa  for  over  four  centuries and the festival is a legacy  of  several hundred  years  of  Portuguese rule.  From quiet  celebrations  about seven to eight decades  ago, the Carnaval  has grown over the years to be  India’s  biggest   cultural  event drawing   lakhs  of  tourists  to  Goa.

And the  best  time  to  enjoy Goa in all its  glamour and gusto is  Carnaval.

This  year  too, Goa Tourism  is  aiming to  ensure that Carnaval gives  tourists  the  essence  of  traditional Goa. Brass bands, colourful décor, and Carnaval caricatures will be prominently displayed at all parade venues and across the state.

The   annual Food and Cultural Festival  is also  scheduled from February 13 to 17, 2015 and  this will showcase some culinary heirlooms of Goa alongside modern cuisine in the state, to give tourists a glimpse into the gastronomic variety available here. Cultural programmes,  music, dance performances, Goan folklore and culture  will be prominently   showcased  during the  Food  and Culture Fest, which promises to add more spice to the celebrations.

Goa  Tourism  and Goa  Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC)  have  set  the  stage  for  Carnaval and  the  Food and Cultural  Festival and  Goa is already abuzz over the two mega events to be held  in February.

The  King Momo  contest   will also be announced shortly and  this  year  Goa  Tourism  is  expecting  it to be  a keenly contested affair.