The invitation to attend a press conference to announce the launch of the Goa Carnival was sitting in my inbox for last few days and I wasn’t too keen on attending it. I get these kind of invites quite often and most of the times, I politely decline them. Then a couple of blogger friends called and asked if I am going. Apparently we all were waiting for each other to nod and on the day I found myself attending it with others. 🙂
This four day Goa Carnaval (carnaval in Portuguese) is going to be an annual affair and is allegedly designed to give a competition to Brazil Carnaval, the most popular carnival in the world. The Goa Carnival, Food and Cultural Festival will showcase the diverse and rich heritage of Goa. This year, the carnival will take place from 9th to 12th February 2013.
The carnival will have glittering float parades held in the four cities of Panaji, Vasco, Margao and Mapusa on four different dates. However, this year Goa Tourism has decided to include a Food and Cultural Festival, fashion shows and performances by Bollywood personalities. Some other states of India have also been invited to take part. This event will offer the visitors a chance to experience the cuisine and culture of Goa with a blend of other artistry extravaganzas.
The Goa Tourism department is now trying to popularize the event.
We were told that designer Wendell Rodricks, singer Remo Fernandez, musical groups like Parikrama and Indian Ocean will grace the festival besides local bands. Also, there will be a fete, several cooking and eating competitions.
At the press conference I also came to know about an interesting festival called Narkasur festival. Narkasur was a demon who was killed by Krishna and company on the day before Diwali. So in Goa they celebrate it with much gusto by burning an effigy of the demon.
Anyway, I was concerned about the law & order and the safety issues of the visitors. When asked, the govt and the tourism department assured us that pains will be taken to ensure safety of tourists, especially women. They also said, there are plenty of accommodations for all budgets.
How to reach Goa- Goa is connected to major cities of India like Mumbai, Delhi, Pune or Bangalore by road, rail and air.
Panaji is an international airport and is connected to many cities of the world. So, what are you waiting for? If you have decided to attend the carnival, check flight status now and book your tickets before it is too late. There are a few low cost airlines available to Goa such as Indigo and Air India.
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