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Introduction
Goa CarnivalThe Goa Carnival is a much talked about and the most eagerly awaited event of the state of Goa. The festival gives an interesting insight into the chromatic culture of the state. For those visiting the state and enjoying the silvery beaches of Goa, the Goa Carnival is an added advantage. The carnival symbolises the fun-loving culture of the state.

Venue
The Carnival is celebrated throughout the length and breadth of Goa. It ropes in a multitude of visitors and travellers from all across the globe.

Time of the Year
The carnival is held in the month of February every year. It continues for three days with great pomp and zeal. The whole of the state comes alive with the celebrations.

History
The Goa Carnival is an exclusive and unique feature of Goa. The festival was first introduced by the Portuguese who ruled over the place for five hundred years. The origin of the festival can be traced to the feasts of ancient Rome and Greece. Spanish and Portuguese colonies were the first to start these carnivals. With the passage of time, the carnival became known worldwide for its singing, dancing and drinking. The carnival almost reached its decline in the last few years of the Portuguese rule. It was only after the liberation of Goa that it regained life and became a part and parcel of the Goa Tourism.

Celebration
Goa is widely known for the momentous event of Goa Carnival. The festival continues for three consecutive days. It falls before the austere forty days of Lent. It starts when the legendary King Momo takes over the state. The king presides over the festival and on the opening day, orders his subjects to party. Huge parades are organised throughout the state. One can easily observe the band and dance that is the characteristic feature of the festival. All night long, people go enjoying and merrymaking making it all a never-forgetting experience. During the three days of the festival, one can see a lot of cultural functions and competitions being held with great fervour. The performances are judged by some selected people of the place. And it is King Momo himself who gives away the prizes to the winners of the contests. In the earlier times flour, eggs, fruit and water were smeared on the people. Today people use only colours. The contestants, wearing colourful costumes and interesting masks, make a splendid sight to the onlookers.





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