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Tuesday, February 8, 2011


King Momo
Carnival in Goa is one of the most popular and colourful events. It is often referred to as Viva Carnival and goes on for 3 days . It takes place in around February, before Easter. The word Carnival has been derived from the Latin word 'carnelevarium' meaning 'removing the flesh' or 'raising a gala storm'. The main focus of Goan carnival is to enjoy by indulging in singing, dancing, feasting, etc.
The history of carnival takes us 500 years back. Goa was earlier a Portuguese Colony. It is a pleasure-seeking feast of ancient Rome and Greece.

It made its emergence in the Spanish and Portuguese colonies, gradually untouched into a very Latin style of singing, drinking and dancing stints.

It is during this time that the whole of Goa, irrespective of caste , creed and 
religion unite to be a part of this event.

The entire state is decorated with paper ribbons , balloons, etc. Throughout the state, many fun parades are organized and people belonging to different communities and areas prepare their tableau's with different representations and themes. These are often referred to as "Floats".

On the opening day of the carnival, King Momo presides over the festival and "orders" his subjects to party and indulge in merry making.  All the floats then take place.
Troupes of masked revelers take immense pleasure in attiring themselves in stunning costumes. They sing and dance in delight to dynamic music that is usually performed live by famous singers and artists.
The best floats are given generous prizes, for the hardwork done by float creators. The liveliness of Carnival is maintained throughout the 3 days.

So if you want to get a feel and be a part of this fantastic and colourful event , its not late yet!! Hope you enjoyed reading ! keep reading  and be back tomorrow! Ciao!

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