we know well that Goa is a Hindu populated state, but it is also known for
its cosmopolitan nature. Goans are famous for their liberal views. Being
located on the sea coast always facilitates the seamless flow of external
exchanges. Festivals in Goa are the living example of this cultural process
throughout the history. There are scores of Hindu festivals, which are
celebrated here with full fun and gaiety. Hindus have their own calendar, so
they don't occur on fixed dates of Gregorian calendar. Goa was under
Portuguese rule for a very long period so these Hindu festivals in Goa have
a unique Portuguese taste. Diwali, Chovoth, Holi, Gokulashtmi, Lairai Jatra,
Gudi Padwa, Nagpanchami, Raksha Bandhan are some of the major Hindu
festivals of Goa.
Hindu myths describe Goa as a land of Gods and it's not baseless. There are
hundreds of Gods and Goddesses in Goa which are worshiped with full
devotion. Being an erstwhile Portuguese colony, Goan organize many Christian
festivals. These are very popular in Goa and even tourists throughout the
world come to participate in some of these festivals. These festivals
include Feast of three kings, Christmas, Colva Fama, Margao Feast, Konsachem
Fest and Sao Jao. Fun-loving Goans have numerous other celebrations also.
These include Carnival, Shigmo, Sea Food Festival, Kesarbai Kerkar Music
Festival and Goa Heritage Festival. Your participation in these celebrations
will be a memorable experience.