Festivals of Goa

There is more to Goa, the most favored destination for fun-loving travelers, than just sea and surf or sun and sand or overflowing spirits for that matter. Mere mention of Goa conjures up the images of colorful gaiety, exuberance, festooned decorations, merry revelers, foot-tapping music and joyous vivacious dances and for me….most definitely the caricature art depicting local life of Goa by Mario Miranda.

Mario Miranda's goa

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While, India as a country is essentially a land of festivals. But festivities take a new dimension, when it comes to celebrations in Goa. All through the year, Goa remains in a phase of continuous celebrations.

Festivals:

With Bonderam festival and Chovoth(Ganesh Festival) just around the corner, Goa is just getting ready for being decked up for the festival of lamps, Diwali in October and the glitzy glamorous International Film Festival of India in November.

St Xavier’s Feast and Christmas, in December truly set the mood for a long vacation and festivities. Every ten years the casket bearing the remains of St Xavier is brought down for a procession through Old Goa and celebrations end with a grand feast. Christmas heralds the busiest time of the year in Goa. New Year’s eve celebrations are must-do for tourists.

January brings in the much awaited Feast of Three Kings when three boys dress as three kings bearing gifts for new-born Jesus. This year Goa will also be the venue for International Kite Festival in January at Colva Beach(20-21 st January 2016) and Miramar Beach (23-24 th January 2016)

Festivities reach a crescendo with the Goa Carnival. Parade floats, dance, live music, local food and culture all defines this four-day extravaganza. Tourists flock in from all walks of life to be a part of this fun-filled event.

Finding Abode:

Vacation, holiday mood and celebrations  are enhanced with just the right kind of stay.  To be a part of Goan celebrations, it is but logical to find a unique abode for few days. With myriad stay options ranging from shacks for a day to luxury hotels to pamper, Goa has much to offer. But while all kinds of hotels are a regular affair for any tourist place, Goa offers affordable stay in gorgeous villas.

Sunsets look ethereal at a beach when the sun-rays get reflected in a golden splendor over the vast sea. Imagine a piece of sun sea and sand away from the madding crowd….

Image courtesy Go villa

Image courtesy Go villa

Goa Villa offers some such cozy villas for a small family as well as lavish sprawling villas for larger groups with their properties spread all over Goa.

And to name a few, Dream Valley Villa is one of such villas which has a direct access to the beach and is slightly secluded from the rush of revelers.

Beach Dream Valley Villa: picture courtesy Goa Villa

Beach Dream Valley Villa: picture courtesy Goa Villa

Villa Caesar, complete with swimming pool and house staff at beck and call is barely ten minutes from much frequented Anjuna beach.

Image courtesy Go Villa

Caesar Villa: Image courtesy Go Villa

So what are you waiting for? Soak in the festivities… Go GOA!!

This is a sponsored post. However the opinion and views are mine.

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About shoma abhyankar

I like to believe that I am a creative person. I read, write, paint, sketch, rustle up some quick and some elaborate meals for friends and family, love chess, su-doku and scrabble, can hum an old Hindi song tentatively, always stand up for women rights, hate fake people, bugs, roaches, spiders and cigarette smokers!! I graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Architecture in 1998. Soon after, I married an officer in Indian Air Force and have been on move since then. For a brief time of two years when we were posted in Pune, I worked as a junior architect in a firm. Being aware of frequent movement that we would have to live with, I chose to be a homemaker and concentrated on creating a warm and welcoming home for my family. But sitting at home without any creative activity was not my cup of tea. I learnt candle making and soon put up an exhibition at Poona Club when my daughter was barely a year old. I also enjoyed a short stint as a home-based entrepreneur, supplying chocolates and cakes on demand, while we were posted in Bareilly. With an inclination towards writing, I completed a diploma in ‘Creative Writing in English’ from Symbiosis College of Distance Learning, Pune. Then I discovered the blogosphere. Now I hope to not only travel and share my experiences with the world but also to pen a book someday....
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10 Responses to Festivals of Goa

  1. xhobdo says:

    Beautiful post 🙂

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  2. All is well with beautiful description of Goa. Mentioning “sponsored post” could be avoided in concluding part.

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  3. S.P.PHILLIPS says:

    IT’S A GREAT REVELATION TO ME. AS IT MEANT JUST BEACHES AND CASHEW FENNY (DRINKS)

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  4. Nice to read about raditions.
    About Three Kings: I invite for my post about that celebration in Spain:
    https://traveltomeetyourheart.wordpress.com/2017/01/08/feliz-reyes-magos-celebration-of-three-kings-in-spain/

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