Among the many and
various colorful feasts and festivals that are celebrated in Goa,
the Goa Carnaval is the most eagerly awaited event.
Although, the three-day festival is primarily celebrated by
Christians, it has also absorbed Hindu tradition revelry, western
dance forms, and turned into a pageantry of sorts. Though it
started as a celebration enjoyed only by the local population, it
has today crossed the state frontiers and attracts thousands of
people from all over the country.The carnival is held in February
for three days and nights, when the legendary king Momo takes
over the state and the streets come alive with music and
The word Carnival (Carnaval in Portuguese) 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.