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Goa, by itself, is one long festival. The Goanese calendar is marked by several feast days. Some of the festivals which are celebrated in Goa are New Year, Reis Magos, the Feast of our Lady, Goa carnival, Harvest Festival, Dussehra, Diwali, Christmas, Feast of St. Francis Xavier, etc. Various local Christian and Hindu festivals including the feast days of patron saints of villages and temple festivals are also held in Goa. Thanksgiving, monsoon celebrations, and processions, and the temples and churches of Goa are unique in their celebration of these festivals. Besides such religious festivals, Goa is also known for its arts and crafts fairs, and food festivals.

Goa Carnival

Goa Carnival is held in the month of February. The Goa Carnival is known all over the world. This carnival is held for four days with colourful processions, floats and dances at Panaji, Margao, Vasco and Mapusa.



The Shigmotasv is the local version of the Holi festival which is celebrated for one week. This festival is celebrated in the month of February and March. The parade of colourful floats with mythological themes are taken out in all major towns.

Lgitun Chalne Festival

The Lgitun Chalne festival is held at Sirigao temple in Bicholim in the month of May. It is one of Goa’s most distinctive festivals. The main attraction of the festival comes when devotees of Goddess Lairaya walk across burning coals to prove their devotion.

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi is a very special festival for Goans. This festival is celebrated for ten days. During this festival, people return to their ancestral homes and the little villages and towns hum with excitement, as various ceremonies are observed.


Diwali is celebrated as the victory of good over evil and effigies of Narkasur are burnt throughout the state.


Christmas is a special time of almost universal festivity. Families get together and an air of excitement pervades the state. Some of the famous dishes during Christmas include the Goan Pork Sorpatel, Chicken Cabdel, all rounded off by the rich Bebinca – a many layered version of the plum pudding.

The Feast of Our Lady of Miracles

The Feast of Our Lady of Miracles is celebrated 16 days after the Easter. This festival is secular by nature and is celebrated with pomp and show by both Hindus and Christians.

Reis Magos and Feast of St. Francis Xavier

The Feast of the three kings at Reis Magos Cuelim and the Feast of St. Francis Xavier, held in the month of December are very unique and elaborate.

Feast of St. Anthony

The Feast of St. Anthony is held in the month of June. This festival marks the beginning of monsoon.


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