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Updated by Lavinia Woolf on May 07, 2015
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Cultural events in Goa – Colorful Celebrations

Enriched with culture and infused with tradition, Goa celebrates the practices and rituals of varying faiths and races. Year round there is some exciting cultural event taking place in this part of the world


Feast of Three Kings

The year begins in Goa with the feast of the Kings; that's right; Goa hosts this remarkable celebration on the 6th of January where three young boys from Cansaulim, Arossim & Cuelim are dressed as Three Kings, bearing the same gifts that the Kings were believed to have given the infant Jesus. Celebrated by both Christians and Hindus this event usually takes place at the Our Lady of Remedies chapel at Cuelim and is later followed by a pompous fair.


Grand Escapade

Sipping wine is a major part of the Goan culture and lifestyle. In the Grand Escapade, the wines of Goa are celebrated with plenty of Grape stomping together with haute cuisine and lavish entertainment which makes the celebrations all the more entertaining. Apart from being a festive event, the Grand Escapade also serves as a platform for restaurateurs, hoteliers, wineries and lifestyle brands to promote their products.


Goa Carnival,

If you want to experience fun and culture on a single occasion, pay a visit to the Goa Carnival which takes place every year between the 14th and 17th of February. This colorful carnival has a world of live performances and gives ample opportunity for visitors to experience cuisine and culture, through a unique blend of food, fun and fashion shows.


Shigmotsav/Gulalotsav Festival

Every year somewhere around the 7th of March, Goa celebrates the Indian festival of Holi. Known within Goa as the Shigmotsav, the festival is full of color and happens to be the biggest celebration of the Spring season. In essence this celebration honors the homecoming of warriors who in the past had left their homes and families at the end of Dusshera to fight the invaders. Apart from all the color, guests can also enjoy massive dance parades performed from dance troops who have been in this industry for centuries.


Goa Food and Cultural festival

Seafood is a major component of the Goan culture. In the 5 day Goa food and cultural festival the seafood of Goa is celebrated with an array of mouthwatering cuisines sold at a number of different stalls at the festival. For seafood lovers this festival is a favorite in Goa and will give you chance to check the best hotels and restaurants that are famous for its seafood. The food celebration also includes a number of cultural programs and fireworks giving the whole event a festive ambience.


Lairai Zatra

The Laira Zara is a Hindu Pilgrimage Festival and is one of Goa's most popular festivals. Celebrated in honor of Goddess Lairai, the fire walking by Dhond at the Shirgao Temple, during the zatra is a sight you must not miss.


New Years Eve

A party that explodes at 12am, the New Year's Eve is just as happening in Goa as it is in any other region in the West. In fact, the place to be in when New Year dawn in Goa is at the Alila Diwa Goa. This beach Resort in Goa has the ideal ambience for the perfect new beginning.