Goa Carnival has been celebrated in Goa since the 18th century, having been introduced to it by the Portuguese. The motto of this festival is, “eat, drink and make merry.” Celebrated over a course of four days, it’s dedicated to King Momo, who is a character derived from the Greek god Momus. His court comprises of jesters, fire eaters, dancers, a brass band and other entertainers. Colourful parades, together with their floats, entertainers and dancers, flood the streets during this time.
Generally celebrated in the month of February, it’s a time of merrymaking and festivity, of rejoicing and celebrating. Locals, as well as tourists, come together in this festive orgy. Dancing, singing and overall merriment is what this festival is all about. The float parades are organized in association with the state tourism department, and although it’s primarily celebrated by Christians, it has also incorporated Hindu traditions, western dance forms and converted it into a glorious spectacle. This is the best time to visit Goa and witness its most colourful avatar.