Festivals & Events

The Goan calendar is filled with all kinds of festivals and events - both Hindu and Christian in origin. Here we bring to you some of the best Goa festivals for 2019 and beyond.

These are just a few of our favourite Goa festivals that we hope you can discover during your holiday in Goa. If you would like more information about any of the state's festivals and events, visit our blog, where you'll find everything you need to know about Goa's biggest festivals. 

JAN

Shantadurga temple, Goa  - Jon Hurd, Flickr Jon Hurd, Flickr

Shantadurga

Shantadurga is a Hindu festival which sees a solid silver statue of the goddess Shantadurga carried from the village of Fatorpa to Cuncolim. It's a lively five-day event complete with a funfair and market stalls to celebrate the special occasion.

 
26 JAN

Flag celebrating Republic day, Goa - Sanyam Bahga, Flickr Sanyam Bahga, Flickr

Republic Day

On the 26th January every year, Goa celebrates the day it became part of India with patriotic displays on cars, buildings and houses.

Find a holiday to Goa during Republic Day

 
JAN

Wine Festival sign, Goa  - Fredericknoronha, Wikimedia Creative Commons Fredericknoronha, Wikimedia Creative Commons

Grape Escapade / Wine Festival 2020

Held every year since 2005, Goa's Grape Escapade (or Wine Festival) in Panjim is a celebration of wine culture in Goa. With plenty of wine, haute cuisine and an entertainment extravaganza, this festival is worth planning your Goa holiday around. The grape stomping, which is a tradition at the festival, is a source of much delight and fun for the visitors and is an intrinsic part of the festival.

 
21 FEB

Shivratri festival celebrations, Goa  - Shalu Sharma, Flickr Shalu Sharma, Flickr

Maha Shivratri

A Hindu festival celebrating the anniversary of Lord Shiva’s creation dance and wedding day, Maha Shivrati brings people together from all over Goa.

Maha Shivrati festival will next year be held on Friday 21st February.

 
22 - 25 FEB

Carnival Festival in Panjim - SITA SITA

Carnival

The capital Panjim comes alive during this three-day Goan Carnival, celebrating with colourful processions of floats, live bands and dancing inspired by Brazilian Mardi Gras. Although not as authentic as in the past, this carnival is perfect for keen partygoers who want to dance the night away.

Next year the carnival will take place from Saturday 22nd February until Tuesday 25th February.

Find a holiday to Goa during Carnival 2020 

 
9 - 10 MAR

Holi festival celebrations - India Picture | ShutterstockIndia Picture | Shutterstock

Holi

Holi Festival, or the Festival of Colours, is one of the most celebrated festivals in India and is the first in the Hindu calendar. Marking the arrival of spring, it commemorates fertility and good harvest with the throwing of colourful paint and water. The temples in the south of the state celebrate Holi in Goa with the most enthusiasm.

Next year, Holi Festival will begin on Monday 9th March, ending on Tuesday 10th March.

Find out more about Holi Festival on the blog 

Find a holiday to Goa during Holi Festival 2020

 
MAR

Shigmo festival, Goa  - Abhisek SardaAbhisek Sarda

Shigmo

One of the most colourful festivals in Goa, Shigmo is celebrated by the Hindu majority with joyous festivities and elaborate parades. On the eve of Shigmo, a fiesta of colour and rich cultural heritage unfolds across the length and breadth of Goa. Also known as Shigmotsav, the festival spans over a fortnight, with different days earmarked for celebrations in diverse areas.

 

Easter

Goa has a strong Christian population who celebrate Easter with much enthusiasm. Mass is held in churches throughout the state, with Old Goa holding the largest services.

Find out more about holidays to Goa in Easter on the blog

Find a holiday to Goa during Easter 2020

 
OCT/NOV

Diwali festival, Goa  - harpreet singh, Flickr harpreet singh, Flickr

Diwali

The Hindu festival of light is a five-day event celebrating the triumph of good over evil. The festival features the lighting of lamps, hanging of paper lanterns and the giving and receiving of sweets. 

Taking place in the autumn months somewhere between October and November, the date each year is determined by the Hindu lunar calendar, coinciding with the darkest new moon night. This year Diwali will be celebrated on 27th October.

Discover more about Diwali on the blog

Find a holiday to Goa during Diwali 2019

 
20-28 NOV

Maquinez Palace, Campal, Panjim, Goa - Fredericknoronha, Wikimedia Creative Commons Fredericknoronha, Wikimedia Creative Commons

International Film Festival

India’s equivalent of the Canne Film Festival, this event welcomes film-makers and actors from all over the world to the state capital Panaji. The festival is currently being held at Maquinez Palace in the capital.

This year's International Film Festival will take place from Wednesday 20th November until Thursday 28th November.

Find a holiday to Goa during the International Film Festival

 
3 DEC

Church of St. Francis Xavier, old Goa - Sandeepsea, Wikimedia Commons Sandeepsea, Wikimedia Commons

Feast of St Francis Xavier

The biggest of all Christian Festivals in Goa is the Feast of St Francis Xavier, or Goinchea Saibache Fest, (Lord of Goa Festival) as it's known locally, which sees thousands from across the world visit to participate in the morning mass in Old Goa.

Held on the anniversary of his death for nine days, the festival celebrates the life of the Saint who brought Christianity to Goa, and starts on 3rd or 4th December.

Find out more about this event on the blog

Find a holiday to Goa during the feast of St Francis Xavier in 2019

 
25 DEC

Church of the Immaculate Conception, Panjim Goa - Josephdesousa, Wikimedia Commons Josephdesousa, Wikimedia Commons

Christmas

Christmas in Goa is a magical time, celebrated by both Hindus and Christians alike. The day is commemorated with feasting, fireworks and many festivities all over the state. 

Find a holiday to Goa over Christmas and New Year 2019/20

 

Recommended for you