Viva Carnaval – Goa!

Held in the month of February, the Goa Carnival is the time when the legendary King Momo takes over the state and the streets of Goa come alive with music, dance and colour just before the Lent season of the Christian calendar.

Sharing with my wonderful bloggers, photographs of what the Carnaval floats looked this time, Carnaval 2016. These amazing photographs have NOT been taken by me 🙂 But do go ahead and enjoy the same 🙂 {I have no idea how long the photos are  gonna take to upload, considering my internet is on strike..and normal browsing is very slow}

..but first

A little about the History of the Goan Carnival

Goa Carnival has its origin back to the time of the Portuguese who ruled over the state till 1961. History says that Goa Carnival was introduced by the Portuguese rulers as a rowdy celebration in which they used to throw mud, sand-filled bags, flour, eggs, oranges, lemons, glue, a variety of liquids and several other items on the passersby. In addition, people also threw old used pots, pans and many other kitchen utensils out of their homes. Apart from these, fierce battle were waged on the streets, in which the weapons of the war were Plaster of Paris, Eggs, Corncobs, Beans and Wax Lemons. Goa Carnival was also an occasion for unlimited eating, people used to gorge on lavish foods, cakes, breads and parties, distributed by the convents. Since its origin, the Goa Carnival has been an epitome of the fun-loving culture, which is the characteristic of Goa. Today, many rituals have been dropped and several other added, but this festival of colour, fun and food, still retains its original charm.

The Goa carnival of today seems to be different, some say it has become more commercialized, well for whatever people have to say..come February and everyone wants to have their share of the Goan Carnaval. If you missed it this year, come next year.

…and now to enjoy the photos, this by far will be the most colorful post on my Blog.

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The Opening Float with King Momo

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That’s King Momo

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talk of people enjoying themselves!

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yup, stop cutting trees

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FC GOA

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The Goa Football Float – FC GOA

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We goenkars love our fish!

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Goa & Music

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the colorful dancers

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The Goan Mando (traditional dance form)

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Save our Coconut Trees

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saving the wildlife

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The happy clowns..

Those were a lot of photos..weren’t they?

See yourself coming to enjoy the Goan Carnaval next year? Only another 12 months to go 🙂

 

I almost never honk…

I’ll complete that sentence..
I almost never honk at female drivers. Why? Well as you know I am a single and unmarried. Who knows if I could be honking at my future wife, her mother, sister or her aunt or her aunt’s sister. I would want to create a good first impression right? The state I live in is very small, the smallest state in India – Goa, having just two districts..North Goa & South Goa..and everybody seems to know each other.

Imagine I go for a proposal and a little earlier in the day I had this honking session on the road with the very same girl who I am now seated in front of. I hear her telling her mom

“this was the same guy who was honking, like non stop..I almost froze (she makes a face) He has absolutely no patience. He’s not good husband material. He’s a honker” BAM!! Game Over!! 😀

In India, honking is normal, look at the traffic and honking is your only option of moving forward even in Goa , being the smallest state in India, it makes no difference really!

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There are times the situation gets really bad on roads that you HAVE TO HONK..and we don’t do it just once…we continue pressing the damn thing till we get heard.
I do make it a point tho’ if there is a female around, I do the normal honk (just once) and then she’ll look to your side. She’d be on her bike and me in my car and I’ll give her the Joey-Head-Movement of How you Doin’?..you have got to see the smile on her face..precious 🙂

Goa does have some really pretty girls..why just Goa..India too, some girls are worth turning lesbian for..I just didn’t say that now..did I. Just speaking for some of my female friends 🙂

So yes! Advice coming your way “Don’t honk at a girl in traffic..give her the joey head movement..she will like it, unless of course if she’s a lesbian then she could care less.

 

The image to your left is the International hand movement for “what the fuck is wrong with you” works everywhere…people use it extensively. If you haven’t used it till now, it’s never too late to start 🙂

 

A question for all reading… Are you a compulsive Honker? 😀

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We’re getting Closer – FC GOA!

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The ISL (Indian Super League) is over. The Football madness is finally come to an end. Chennai won, FC Goa came second best. Congratulations to the Chennai team. It was a good game (that’s what the papers and my friends said) NO, I didn’t go to the stadium and neither did I watch the full game on TV. I am not a football fan but I do follow the scoreline at the end of the match and talk about it the next day with friends & colleagues.

There has been an improvement with the Goan Football team, the 1st season they exited at the semi final stage, this time they lost the FINAL..next time we are definitely gonna win the tournament 🙂 Who said success comes easy? All good things come to those who wait..and we Goans are willing to wait one more year.

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Yes, Chennai broke the hearts of every FC GOA fan but at the end of the day there is a WINNER and there is a LOSER. Goa unfortunately came out on the losing side. Not a problem, we still back our team to come back stronger and lift the trophy NEXT YEAR.fc-goa-1413087296.jpg

We Love you FC GOA 🙂 FC GOA rocks!!  

..and this comes from someone who doesn’t understand anything more than the role of the goalkeeper in a football match 🙂 but then it’s never late to learn..right?

There were many videos made by the fans of FC GOA all over the state. I like this one the best!!

 

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The View from the top

The best views are found from the top of hills and mountains..and how better to get that view than walking up there yourself and capturing some of the best that nature has to offer.

A pictorial display of Goa’s 3 forts, that I believe everyone visiting Goa must see to admire Goa’s beauty..right from the VERY TOP.

Reis Magos Fort – Verem: 

 

Charpora Fort – Charpora:

The fort where a portion of the bollywood movie Dil Chahta Hai was shot. It’s a beautiful sight from the top, though not many people appreciate the climb..especially when Goa offers you nothing less that 35 degrees of heat on a daily basis.

 

Terekhol Fort – Tiracol:

Located on the northern tip of Goa at the mouth of the Tiracol River, Fort Tiracol is reached by a ferry from Querim, 42 km North of Panaji. If you have a Maruti Vehicle..do not attempt – I REPEAT DO NOT ATTEMPT to get on the ferry for your car will get stuck in the sand. Mine did for a whole 45 minutes, I had several panic attacks.. but for the helpful locals that helped me get my car out. Finally I took the road to the fort 🙂

 

I have deliberately left our Fort Aguada, for reasons that it’s nothing really special but you can add it to your list..it isn’t too far from the other three.

I make these once in awhile trips around Goa. It’s good spending some time alone amidst nature.

..and if you’re a tourist venturing alone around the state, I can assure you one thing ~ You are really never lost in Goa.. so go ahead and have the time of your life!!

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