CARNIVAL ALERT You just need to choose your craziest, wackiest, most vibrant outfit, and be in Goa between February 10 and 13 to have an experience that gets you drenched in heavily-coloured streets, and fun and frolic-filled air. There will be masks and merriment chants, music and dance, food and Feni. And there are just three rules for the party- a) Have fun, b) Have fun, c) Have fun. Oh, and no entry fee or whatsoever for the event. Here are some things you may need to know about Goa Carnival.
How it started
‘Take away meat is what the word ‘carnival’ actually means. As surprising as it sounds, the carnival is actually a pagan festival originally celebrated by Catholics as a countdown to Lent. Latin words ‘carne’ (meat) and ‘vale’ (goodbye) come together to create the word Carnival, marking a period of feast and extravaganza before the 40 days of abstinence and fasting, the Lent, begins
It may also interest you to know that Goa is the only state in entire Indian subcontinent to be hosting the festival. The locals say it was the Portuguese who ruled over the land of Goa for a period of 400-500 years, from 15th till 20th century, who brought the festival to the region. However, it saw a drop in the enthusiasm before being revived after the ouster of the Portuguese.
The crowning of King Momo
Eat, drink, and make merry is what King Momo decrees. During the four days of merrymaking, King Momo is given the symbolic key to Goa. With heavily-decorated vehicles, parades, masks and colourful clothes, he enters the city with his entourage and kickstarts the extravaganza amid chants of
In Latin American countries, King Momo is considered the king of the carnival.
This year, Goa will see the crowning of 57-year-old float dancer Bruno Azaredo from Utorda, South Goa, as he takes over as King Momo. I have been in this industry for a long time. If you see the pictures of the carnival for the years 2011 and 2012, you will find me dancing with troupes on the King Momo float… I don’t think you can dance with such a huge dress on the float after being King Momo, but certainly I would not be able to stop myself and will dance to the rhythm of music, the Hindu quotes him as saying.
Every year, the Goa tourism ministry invites applicants for the coveted crown of King Momo. Last year, Roque Tome Fernandes (65), was selected as King Momo.
About float parades, food and feni
Its an endless spring party, as the writer says it here Once the King Momos entourage enters the streets of Panaji, Margao, Vasco, and Mapusa, the streets of the sunny western state brim with extravagant costumes, bright masks, dancers, musicians, and them colours. People like to say that the carnival fills the state with life.
In fact, months of preparation go in to the making of the parades with performers ranging from individuals dressed up as jokers to floats carrying different themes. This year, the floats will enter the city of Panaji on February 10 and will be Margao on February 11, Vasco on February 12, and Mapusa on February 13.
And of course, the street party doesnt come without lip-smacking food Look out for food stalls representing various cuisines, especially along the Mandovi river banks. Oh, and for the love of the spirit of the carnival, dont come back without having feni
Let the celebrations begin
Where to stay:
Located on a hilltop, V Resorts Three Kings Casa Coco overlooks the beautiful Coco Beach, making the resort truly picturesque. The resort has two terraces which are perfect for lounging around and soaking in the views of the vast sea in front of you. A swimming pool in the society along with a dining area that comes with a balcony ensures that the resort has you sorted for a great stay. Enjoy an evening of solitude while you stroll on the soft white sands of the Miramar beach. However, if you want to make more of your Goa trip, spotting a dolphin on Coco beach should be on your list.
Located in one of the most popular pockets of Goa, V Resorts Aguada Anchorage Villa 39 is an elegant 5-bedroom villa within the posh Aguada Anchorage Resort complex. Spread out over 8 acres of sprawling lush greenery and seamlessly blending into the electric Goan vibe, the resort has independent villas, green lawns, a gorgeous swimming pool with a poolside bar, and all possible elements to make your holiday truly memorable
Carnical pictures source: http://goa-tourism.com