Fair and Festivals

Festivals in Goa
Goa is a land of festivals, most of the Hindu and Christian festivals are celebrated in Goa with great religious fervour. The Hindu festivals celebrated all over Goa include Makarsankranti, Maha Shivaratri (worship of Lord Shiva), Holi or Shigmo (the Festival of Colours), Gudi Parva ( Hindu New Year), Ramnavami (Birthday of Lord Rama), Nagapanchami, Raksha Bandhan, Janmashtami (Birthday of Lord Krishna), Ganesh Chaturthi (worship of Ganesha, the God of omen), Dussera (the victory celebration of Lord Rama over Ravana, the King of Lanka), Narakasur and Diwali (the Festival of Light), Bodegeshwar Jatra, Marcela Jatra, Kavalem Jatra, Shri Hanuman Jatra at Kavalem, Manguesh jatra, Mardol Jatra, Santeri Jatra at Pale, Fatorpa Gulal, Zambaulin Gulal, Lairai Jatra at Shirgao, Vasco Saptaha, Dindi at Margao, Borim Jatra, Nagueshi Jatra, Madkai Jatra and Shri Datta Jayanti at Sankhali..

The major Christian Festivals are the Feast of Three Kings (Quelim, Chandor and Reis Magos), Procession of All Saints ( Goa Velha), Feast of Our Lady of Miracles (Mapusa), Sao Joao (all over Goa), Feast of Assumption of Our Lady (Panaji), Novidades (all over Goa), Fama de Minino Jesus ( Colva), Feast of St. Francis Xavier (Old Goa), Feast of the Lady of Immaculate Conception (Panaji, Margao) and Christmas.The Muslim festivals include Idul Fitra and Muharam.

Fairs in Goa
The Carnival is the most remarkable event in Goa. It is known for its fun, frolic, feasting, dance and music. This festival lasts for three days before Ash Wednesday signifying the initiation of Lent - the 40 days fast that precedes the Easter Sunday. The huge parades are organized in the cities accompanied with bands, floats and dances, and balls during evenings. The other fairs and festivals in Goa include the Shigmo festival played with colours (the Goan counterpart of Holi played in North India); Seafood festival, Konkan fruit festival and Fontainhas Festival of Arts.