Goa is famous for its Indo-Latin festivals like carnivals. The majority of the population in Goa is Hindu. That is why Goa witnesses several festivals on different dates, based upon the Hindu calendar. Goa has retained the pure Hindu culture inspite of Portuguese colonization for a long period. The Hindu festivals in Goa have retained their uniqueness with deep enthusiasm.
Goa is a land of many Gods and Goddesses with different names. These Gods are praised with many different rituals and traditions. Goa is also a place where festivals of other religions can be found. Following are some details of the fairs and festivals that are celebrated in Goa.
Hindu Festivals :
Mahashivratri : This festival is held at all principal Shiva Temples in Goa. Mahashivratri is celebrated in the honour of Lord Shiva. Mahashivratri is celebrated in places like Harvalem, Mangueshi, Nagueshi, Brahmapuri. Shirgao, Fatorpa and Panaji.
Muslim Festivals : Units of Shah Abdullah at Ponda -17th Zilhaj (February).
Christian Festivals : January 6: Feast of the Three Kings at Reis Magos, Cuelim (Cansaulim) and Chandor.
Carnival : Goa carnivals have its own uniqueness. Goa celebrates with great eclat, Carnaval and Shigmo that is awaited by most of the population in Goa. It is celebrated with intense enthusiasm.
As Goa is a montage of Christianity, Hinduism and Islam, so apart from the above described festivals there are many other festivals that is celebrated by the respective communities.
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