A deusa do samba na passarela a marca do carnaval... É ela
(The goddess of samba on the catwalk The brand is it Carnival)
Viva Goa, Viva Carnaval, if you happened to hear these songs around you, you can be sure that the carnaval is round the corner. In the 18th century, the Portuguese introduced the carnival (carnaval in Portuguese) to Goa. At that time, Goa was a colony of the Portuguese. At that time, the carnival was popular and celebrated in Rome, Greece, Spain and Portugal. Since its independence in 1961, the carnival has become one the most famous and colourful festivals of India. This festival is celebrated with huge parades, floats, street and ballroom dances in the evenings through the cities on “Fat Saturday” before the 40 days of lent (The fasting period and a time of spirituality and abstinence in Catholics)
In Latin carne means meat. So the carnival is a goodbye to meat as one of the strict rules of Lent is to refrain from meat. This celebration goes on for four days in different cities of Goa, Panjim, Mapuçá, Vasco-Da-Gama, Margao.
In the initial days, the Goa carnival used to spread amusement by playing a role play among the Portuguese authorities and their slaves. The rulers used to play the role of their slaves whereas, the slaves used to play the role of their masters by donning masks made of white flour. Gradually the Carnival influenced of Roman and Spanish celebrations saw the appearances of colourful masks, street dance, Samba, floats and attractive costume.
One of the vendors is selling the attractive masks and the headgears during the carnival.The colourful and entrancing mask and headgear become the most desirable things during carnival. All kind of people participate in the celebrations by entering the floats and wearing the colourful masks and attractive headgears.
People from all age participate in carnival. Dance on Samba, Brazilian songs will make you tap while watching the parade by standing across the street, and decorative floats will surely give you goose bumps. Also make sure you are wearing comfortable pair of shoes as the celebration of carnival involves lot of street activities.
Carnival was initially celebrated by only locals but now days there many people from other states and countries take part in the celebration with their dazzling masks and vibrant costumes. Each carnival has its own King Momo, traditionally a bulky, heavy built, tall man is chosen to fulfill the role because the original King Momo was of that physical stature. King Momo is a symbol of infertility and representation of all the elements that have to vanish before the period of fasting begins, who is often given the key to the city. Hence you will also get to see of the floats dedicated to the king Momo.