Religious in Old Goa

Feast of St Francis Xavier

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.
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.
Street Festival in Panaji

Sabado Gordo

A procession of floats and street parties on the Saturday before Lent.
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.
Hindu Festival in Goa

Shigmotsav (Shigmo) of Holi

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

Fama de Menino Jesus

Jesus Colva’s Menino Jesus statue is paraded through town.
Film in Panaji

International Film Festival of India

Film screenings and Bollywood glitterati everywhere.
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.
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…