Religious in Old Goa

Feast of St Francis Xavier

A celebration of Goa’s patron saint; a nine-day novena precedes the feast day, when Old Goa's churches are packed. Once every 10 years, the saint is given an exposition, and his body hauled around Old Goa before sco…
Religious in Panaji

Feast of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

Fairs and concerts are held, as is a beautiful church service at Panaji’s Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.
Religious in Panaji


A four-day festival kicking off Lent; the party’s particularly jubilant in Panaji.
Carnival in Panaji

Sabado Gordo

A procession of floats and street parties on the Saturday before Lent.
Performing Arts in Siolim

Zagor Festival

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…
Religious in Chandor

Feast of the Three Kings

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.
Cultural in Goa

Shigmotsav of Holi

Goa’s version of the Hindu festival Holi sees coloured powders thrown about and parades in most towns.
Film in Panaji

International Film Festival of India

Film screenings and Bollywood glitterati everywhere.
Religious in Colva

Feast of the Menino Jesus

Colva’s Menino Jesus statue is paraded through town.
Religious in Old Goa

Procession of All Saints

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.