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

Carnival

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.
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.