Are you planning to come to India some times in the first quarter of next year?
If yes I might have something to interest you here. If you are a traveler and wish to get some useful travel tip about Indian travel destinations then stay tuned to this article. You are in for some pleasant surprise.
As most of you who are familiar with Indian tourist destinations would know that Goa is one of the most favored location for western tourists. Situated on the west coast of Asia it has one of the best beaches in the world that lures holidayers from the world over. Goa is known as the land of Sun, Sand and Sea. May be that says it all. But I would like to make some very good additions to it. Goa is known as the land of Sun, Sand, Sea, Feni and Carnivals. Ah you would now be wondering since when India became famous for its carnivals. It was Brazil and its samba that is synonymous to Carnivals. Well the reason why Brazil is famous for Carnivals is also behind the fame of Goan Carnivals. May be you guessed it – Portuguese and Spanish influence. Goa was a Portuguese dominion for around 500 years.
The carnival of Goa is celebrated in the week preceding the beginning of Lent Fast that lasts for 40 days. Since this period of fasting requires Christians to abstain from meet and alcohol people take this pre-fast session as an excuse to riotous merrymaking that the world knows as the Goan Carnival. Typically it is celebrated six weeks prior to Easter. Being situated in the tropic belt it is a hot place in Indian summer and gets a lot of rain during monsoons. So February is the best time to visit this tourist’s delight as the temperature will be most soothing at this time of the year. It would be especially enjoyable to go sun bathing.
The most hilarious and most awaited event of the Carnival is the appointment of King Momo as the King of Goa and his visit to the capital city Panaji. He is followed by his courtiers and he orders his subjects to go for all out partying and frolicking. So at the orders of his Highness (funniness) Goa comes alive with a unique cultural extravaganza. There is round the clock enjoyment with live music and dance performances of various types. You can find foreign Samba troupes and local salsa parties and Marathi folk dances all together. It’s a cocktail of many Indian and international cultures that would be a treat for rest of your life. There will be colorful processions and creative floats on the roads.
You will have a world of food and beverages to choose and try. All kinds of delicacies ranging form Indian, Chinese and Italian among others will be popular. You will also see various other entertaining events and performances like Sand art, Fire breathing, circus etc. One more thing I forgot to mention is the mud pelting or shoe pelting or rotten egg attacks that you may face during this time on streets and alleys. Well this is by no means malicious unless some one has some personal grudges against you because you ran over their dead dog with your Harley Davidson. This actually is a ritual that possibly originated form the practice of cleansing the household off old and useless stuff. Pranksters started making use of this junk as projectiles of choice to lob at unsuspecting travelers.