Goa, the beautiful western state on the Malabar Coast of India is rich in culture, cuisine, tradition, religion and festivity, that attracts tourists from all over the country, and also from abroad. This state is known for its beautiful sandy beaches, coconut lagoons, cathedrals, coastal cuisines, folk songs, dance and parties that is alluring for any nature lover, party freak and lone traveler. Goa is also famous for its yearly carnival that is held every year during the month of February. It’s a spectacle of some sort, that is worth viewing for any first-time tourist, as it is a riot of colors and a plethora of fancy design costumes that parade through the streets of Panjim (Panaji), and in all other major cities of Margao, Vasco, Ponda etc. Goa has a rich Portuguese influence which is quite evident in its architecture, cuisine and language; as it was a Portuguese colony prior to 1961, until it became a part of the Indian union. Today, Goa attracts tourists from far and wide who come to party during Christmas and New Year, and especially during the popular Goa Carnival, held in the month of February, every year.
Party, Song, Dance and Food
Goa Carnival is a celebration of life, which is full of colors and flavors that is quite evident from the rich spectacle that is to be viewed on the streets of all major Goan cities, with Panjim taking the center-stage. Girls and Boys are dressed in colorful attires, resembling mermaids, sports icons, Bollywood characters, fairy tale characters, princess, queens, kings, warriors and clowns that fill the air with joy and festivity. The annual carnival parade starts in the morning and carries out throughout the day with children and adults dressed in the best of fancy outfits, that are mostly to be seen during the festival of Halloween. It is during this carnival that one can savor the best of traditional Goan cuisine which mainly comprises of non-veg delicacies. Goans love good food & drink, and when you visit Goa during the carnival season, you get to savor the best of Western coastal cuisine. It is also to be noted that Goan meat preparations are unique in taste. One of the most popular dishes is the “Pork Vindaloo” which is the trademark non-veg dish from coastal Goa. So are the sea fish, king crab and tiger prawn preparations that you find in every other restaurant, here in Goa.
Western Influenced Fashion
The state of Goa has a rich Portuguese influence in its lifestyle, food, music and language, apart from the fashion that has a distinct Western touch. Girls in Goa love wearing party gowns and Indo Western gowns during special occasions like weddings, anniversaries and festivals as everyone desires to look beautiful. In a traditional Catholic Goan wedding, you get to see the bride in a classic white bridal gown that is produced from pristine quality satin and net fabric. It is in this yearly Goa Carnival, one can witness the best of traditional Goan fashion, which is in the form of gowns, skirts and various other fancy costumes that can be viewed in every nook and corner. Today, Goan woman also prefer wearing traditional Indian attires such as sarees, salwar kameez and kurtis; but during the carnival week, it is Western party casuals that is preferred over ethnic Indian wear.