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Info On Irresistible Fairs & Festivals Celebrated In The State

Goan are people who believe in living life to the fullest. These fun loving people do not miss any chance to celebrate and party.

With a majority of Hindu and Christian population, the major festivals celebrated in the state definitely belong to these two religions. Moreover, there are certain special festivals that are unique to Goa. Find here the useful info on some of the important Fairs and Festivals of Goa.

  1. Goa Carnival : This is a 3 day and night celebration held some where in mid Feb at the capital of the state, Panajim. The carnival is unique to Goa, and attracts many visitors from all over the globe. The event features lively processions, floats, the strumming of guitars, graceful dances.
  2. Shigmotsav or Shigmo : It is a grand five-day festival of colors, celebrated in March. It is similar to the Holi or Spring Festival and is mainly hels in Panaji, Mapusa, Vasco-da-Gama and Margao.
  3. Ghodemodni : The parade of the horse riders is a part of Shigmo and is found in Fatorpa and Bicholim.
  4. Mirg : It is held on the 6th of June and marks the onset of monsoons. The Christian Mirg is one day earlier.
  5. Novidade : No farmer, whether Hindu or Christian, will harvest his rice crop before it is offered in a ceremony called ‘Novidade’. Here the first paddy yield is harvested by the priest and is offered to the church.
  6. Feast of Three Kings : This feast is celebrated on 6th of Jan in The Church Of Our Lady Of The Mount in Old Goa and is also known as the Festa Dos Reis or The Epiphany Day. On the last day of the 9 days celebration, three young boys dressed as kings reach the chapel after driving to different paths and offer the Lady of Mount everything they have.
  7. Goa Heritage Festival : The aims to preserve and promote the built heritage of Goa.
  8. Sea Food Festival : For five days at a stretch, reputed hotels, chefs and even housewives hold a stall and offer wonderful sea food prepared by them.
  9. Monte Music Festival : It celebrates the coming together of western classical along with Indian classical form of music at the Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount.
  10. Bonderam : It is held at the 4th Saturday of August. It is celebrated to remember the incidence of how the Portuguese tried to solve the property issues of Piedalda and Sao Mathias and people threw stones at their flags to knock them out.
  11. Sao Joao Festival : This feast of St. John the Baptist observed all over Goa on 24th June. Newly wed sons-in-law celebrate this at their mothers-in-law's house, where she gifts the daughter a basket full of fruits like jackfruits, mangoes, pineapples, etc. to be taken home.
  12. St. Francis Day : On the 3rd of Dec every year the ceremonies to honor the death of St Francis Xavier, whose body lies at the Church of Bom Jesus are held.
  13. Christmas : Like elsewhere in the world, December 25 is celebrated as Christmas in Goa. There are decorated and glittering Christmas trees are all over the place and the churches are decorated beautifully and there is joy and happiness all over.
  14. Hindu Festivals : Other than the above, Hindu festivals like Diwali, Gokulashtami, Holi, Lairai Jatra, Nagpanchami, Gudi Padwa, Raksha Bandhan, Ram Navmi are also celebrated in Goa.
  15. Christian Festivals : Good Friday, Easter, New Year are celebrated with same joy and enthusiasm.

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