Margaon: The Vibrant Celebration essence of Goa culture

MARGAON(GOA):The culture & the way of life was really originated from old Rome and Greece, which spread back to Spain and Portugal in the end. Earlier it had a Portuguese flavor to it, but with time the celebrations have taken up the essence of the culture of Goa. Thus, people identify with the festivities and take part in the carnival in crazily huge numbers.

Various  floats presenting the culture & tradition of Goa were  present in the Margaon Carnival parade. This more concern was raised regarding increasing sea pollution effecting the marine life due to incensing use of plastic. The other floats with a message of road safety awareness, save nature were Thousands of people including Indian & foreign tourists witnessed the Carnival Float Parade.
Saxttikars kept the date with the annual Carnival float parade in the commercial capital on Sunday as thousands of people from the taluka countryside thronged the city to partake in the Carnival festivities. Revelers occupied every inch of space along the traditional route, from the Holy Spirit Church Square to the Margao Municipal square as they enthusiastically cheered and welcomed the floats led by King Momo and his entourage.
The carnival cum festival was first started in 1961 in Goa. Initially celebrated by King Momo, this Goa carnival was brought to India by the people of Portuguese at approximately 500 years back. The Curtorim Carnival parade was held on a Sunday for the first time since its inception17 years ago. For the first time, it started after the Margao Carnival parade concluded, and it was the first time that it went on till around 10 pm.
The specialty of Goa carnival one-act folk play known as Khell or Fell is the specialty of the carnival. The play is held during the carnival in Chandor where walking-actors go about the village singing Intruzachim Geetam or Fella-Gitam which is accompanied by musical instruments.The sound of drums, violins, ghumats -a Goan percussion instrument and cymbals soak in the air..
The Festival starts at night with a massive procession that Lord Momo leads surrounded by dancers, bands of musicians artists, groups of performers, merchants & vendors,  and old men in funky outfits. This event near Bodageshwar Temple in Mapusa is a great opportunity to enjoy some fun activities and entertainment. Whether you’re into music, food, or just want to spend time with friends and family, this event promises to be a good time.
Artists, fire-eaters, trapeze artists, acrobats, clowns, brass bands, jesters, jokesters, metal groups, buffoons, metal groups, and others pursue the lord during the parade down the primary roads of Panaji, Mapusa, Margao, and Vasco.
With the Tourism Department laying stress on tradition and culture in this year’s festivities, many a float showcased the rich cultural heritage of the State, be it cashew feni distilling or jaggery production in a traditional way. One could have a glimpse of the float showing traditional occupations of yesteryears.
Officers and personnel of the Indian Navy marched through the city with the traditional brass band. A float depicting a naval ship wends its way along the route. Margao Municipal Chairperson Damu Shirodkar and the Chairperson of the Margao Carnival Committee councillor Milagrina Gomes expressed their satisfaction over the turnout of thousands of people to witness the grand carnival parade.
According to Shirodkar a total of 76 floats participated in the Carnival parade in the city including 19 floats in the club and institution category, family (15), Fun  Junky car (13), traditional (1), sponsored (3) and fun junky car (13). Thirty floats, parading from the Maina Church ground to the Curtorim Market Square, depicted Goan traditions, waste management, flora and fauna of Goa, and focused on social and environmental issues, as they entertained the villagers of Curtorim and surrounding areas.
After Panaji, float parades will be organized in Margao on 11 February, Vasco on 12 February and Mapusa on 13 February. The parades will be held at 18 different places.
Goa Bureau with Media Inputs).Pics: Arvind Tengse
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