Goa Carnival

                  The Goa Carnival is the most eagerly awaited and the most enjoyable festival of Goa. The Carnival is exclusive and unique to Goa, and was introduced by the Portuguse, who ruled over Goa for more than five hundred years, during the era of king Momo and has been celebrated since the 18th Century. The carnival is held in February for three days and nights just before the austere 40 days of Lent (period of fasting and penance before Easter). It begins on Sabado Gordo (Fat Saturday) and concludes on Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday) - the eve of Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of the season of Lent.
                  Although, this festival is primarily celebrated by Christians, it has absorbed Hindu traditional revelry and has turned into a pageantry of sorts. This is the festival of unbirdled festivity and merry-making.Colourful processions and lavish floats parade the streets with bands, dances. Grand balls are held in the evenings, It is a carnival of colours, a carnival of fun and a carnival of joy for the people of Goa as well as for the tourists. The carnival concludes with the famous red-and-black dance held by the Clube National in Panijim on the final day.