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King Momo (Tome Fernandes) at the inaugural ceremony of the Goa Carnaval Food Festival with (L to R) Mr Nikhil Desai, Director, Tourism, Government of Goa; Mr Nilesh Cabral, Chairman, GTDC; Shri  Manohar Parrikar, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa; Dilip Parulekar, Goa Tourism Minister, and Panaji Mayor Vaidehi.

Glimpses of the Goa Carnival 2013

February 26, 2013

The Goa Carnival 2013, which concluded on February 12, turned the seaside state into a giant fairground. Music, dance, feasting and merry-making brought the streets and beaches alive, attracting tourists from everywhere.

First started in 1961 at the end of the Portuguese occupation, it is essentially a Portuguese festival and reflected the customs and traditions of the colonizers. Today, however, all of Goa comes together for the carnival, making it one of the most eagerly awaited festivals and one that sets cash registers ringing at bars, restaurants and hotels all over Goa. The festival is observed before the start of Lent, during which time devout Christians abstain from eating meat and other rich foods.

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