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Goa Festivals

Goa Festivals is one of the reasons why tourists visit here from throughout the world and because of the amalgam of cultures, festivals and folklore burst in Goa. It comes as a nice surprise that the state has as many Hindu festivals as Christian ones.

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Below we have specified some goa festivals which is celebrate by various peoples of india as well as peoples who comes from other countries.

List of Goa Festivals

Goa Carnival : Various colourful fairs and festivals which are celebrated in Goa but the Goa Carnival is one of the most eagerly awaited festival of Goa. Celebrated during the mid of February month. This carnival spells as 3 days of hysterical celebrations stuffed with music and dance. Goa's streets flip into a veritable circus and play host to thousand of tourists from different parts of india.

Sao Joao : Sao Joao is known as feast of St. John the Baptist also and celebrated with nice aplomb in Goa. Newly wedded males visit their relative's homes and mothers present their married daughters a basket of exotic fruits like mangoes, jackfruits and pineapples. Everybody gets excessive on the potent local wine, Feni and there's a lot of jolliness and boisterous merry making.

Christmas in Goa : Christmas in Goa is without doubt one of the most vital festivals that's celebrated with plenty of enthusiasm. Goa Christmas Festival celebrated on 25th December of every year. The festival is marked with plenty of merrymaking and revelry. People from all the communities in Goa join arms to celebrate the festival.

Diwali : Diwali festival is the one of the most popular festival of India. The glittering festival is celebrated with extreme euphoria all over the country. To mark the 'Festival of Lights' people decorate houses with traditional earthen diyas and candles. Dazzling fireworks are very much part of the festival just as the mouth watering sweets. People exchange greetings and Diwali Gifts with loved ones. (Narkasur - This is celebrated all over Goa, on the eye of Diwali by burning the effigy of demon Narkasur signifying victory of good over evil. Competitions of the effigies are held in the capital Panaji.)

St. Francis Xavier's Feast : The body of St Francis Xavier lier in a silver casket in the Church of Bom Jesus in Goa. Ceremonies to honor his death are performed on Decemver 3, the day he was buried. St. Xavier was one of a great Catholic missionary, who preached the Gospel of Jesus Christto the people of Asia. Born in Spain on April 7, 1506 he came to India with the Portuguese Victory of Goa in 1543, and immediately undertook the task of influencing the Goan people.

Shigmo : In Goa the festival of Holi is called Shigmo. There's a parade in Panaji, organized by the Panaji Shigmotsav Samiti 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. It's a colorful and dramatic event all over Goa. Special celebrations at Panaji, Mapusa, Vasco-da-Gama and Margao.

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