A celebration of Goa’s patron saint; held once every decade (the next one is 2024). The saint’s body is carried through Old Goa’s streets.
Fairs and concerts are held, as is a beautiful church service at Panaji’s Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.
A four-day festival kicking off Lent; the party’s particularly jubilant in Panaji.
A procession of floats and street parties on the Saturday before Lent.
On 6 January, Chandor hosts the colourful Feast of the Three Kings, during which local boys re-enact the arrival of the three kings from the Christmas story.
Goa’s version of the Hindu festival Holi sees coloured powders thrown about and parades in most towns.
Jesus Colva’s Menino Jesus statue is paraded through town.
Film screenings and Bollywood glitterati everywhere.
On the fifth Monday in Lent, this is the only procession of its sort outside Rome, whereby 30 statues of saints are paraded around Old Goa and neighbouring villages.
Held annually on the first Sunday and Monday after Christmas, Siolim’s Zagor Festival offers a glimpse into the peaceful coexistence of Goa’s diverse religious communities. Taking place on the Christian feast day of…