- November 29, 2019
- Posted by: Planet Goa Team
- Category: Do Goa
Goa, the land of sun, sand, seafood and soul. The smallest gem adorning India paradoxically, has the most character. A bijou Shangri-La of palm fringed beaches, glorious golden sunsets and happy Goans known world over for their joie de vivre. Most non-Goans think Goa is synonymous with fun frolic and feni in the peak season. With lounging beaches, rave parties and savory chicken cafreal. But Goa is all that and much more. This culturally diverse and aesthetically beautiful state is multifaceted and adopts different personas according to season. It could be a bon vivants’ gourmet buffet destination, a twitchers paradise, an anglers haunt, a poets tranquil haven, a painters muse, a party goers ultimate bash and honeymooners’ romantic Eden. Whether you are a writer looking for the rustic simplicity of an unspoilt village or a traveler with unsated wanderlust or a child looking for fun and festivity, Goa is the place to go. So what’s the best time to take a trip to Goa? Any time of the year. Every season has its own flavour and charm.
(22nd December to 5th January)
CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR
This is that time of the year when there is festivity and cheer in the air. In Goa, Christmas is celebrated with pomp and ceremonial splendor. It is a festival that leaps across religious disparities and warms all hearts. Goan catholic houses are adorned with Christmas trees, baubles and other shimmery ornaments and bursting at the seams with joy. The tantalizing fragrance of Bebinca and Dodol (traditional Goan sweets) is heavy in the air. It is a time of family gatherings and exchanging gifts with loved ones. After indulging in the delicious Christmas feast, most people head to either a dance or a party. The dances are a more traditional way of celebrating Christmas Eve and Christmas night. Dapper in formal suites, the men escort their beaus who are also dressed to the nines, to dances for a night of hobnobbing with friends and shaking a leg to groovy band music. The days between Christmas and New Year are packed with parties and dances as well. December is the time when people from all over the world descend on Goa. The beaches up North are swarming with tourists, basking in the bonhomie and soaking the electric vibe in the air. For some people the days before New Year’s eve fuse into one long party whereas others prefer to rest before the big night. On New Year’s eve people either go to dances or parties.
(5th January to 30th March)
The Goan carnival is a riot of colors. It is a three day pre-lent festival that most Goans await with alacrity and happens in a different city a day. It features King Momo, the legendary King of Chaos, who leads his entourage of fire-eaters, acrobats, clowns, zanies, dancers, brass bands and other followers in a procession down the street chosen as venue. Spectators watch the procession of floats, depicting assorted themes that range from global warming to more traditionally inclined subjects. It is a three day period of indulging appetites and expressions before the forty days of abstinence. The colors and exuberance of Carnival reflect the spirit of Goa.
Easter is celebrated in Goa in all its glory. Easter Sunday culminates the forty days of prayer and penance undertaken by Christians, to observe Lent. It has no fixed date but is always celebrated on a Sunday, marking the day of Christ’s resurrection. It is an occasion for celebration with friends and family. Beautiful Easter lanterns, Easter bunnies and painted eggs are exchanged along with warmth and amity. Dressed in their best finery, people indulge whole heartedly in the festivities. Street plays, songs and dances enhance the day’s happy hue. This is the festival to be at to be vis-avis with Goa’s traditional side.
(June to September)
Monsoon in Goa
The rains in Goa are truly magical. The land is carpeted in vivid green verdure adorned with dew kissed flowers and leaves. It is the time of the year when Goa is least crowded and most picturesque. It’s the perfect time to lay back with a cup of tea and drink in the beauty of nature. The more adventurous can explore places like the Mhadei Wildlife Santuary, Dudhsagar and Spice Plantations.
(June to September)
(1st October to 22nd December)
IFFI (International Film Festival of India) is the most acclaimed film festival in Asia. It has anchored Goa prominently on the international map. It provides a platform to showcase Indian as well as international films. Goan films also participate in the festival. This is the time of the year when celebrities head to Goa to be a part of this monumental event. Goans and tourists alike bask in the razzmatazz and witness stardom personified. Goa is seen in all its peacock glory and dazzles in the glitz and glamour.
FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS XAVIER
Feast of St. Francis Xavier or Goinchea Saibache Fest (as the saint was called goincho saib, meaning lord of Goa, locally) is one of the grandest festivals in Goa. It is celebrated in the first week of December at Old Goa to commemorate the day of death of the revered saint. Thousands of street vendors put up their stalls all along the roads selling a panoply of souvenirs, trinkets, food and drinks. This gala feast lasts nine days on which the place is inundated with millions of people from all over the world come to attend the mass and join in the cheer.