Goa’s four-day carnival begins March 5

February 11th, 2011 - 8:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Panaji, Feb 11 (IANS) Goa’s four-day carnival fiesta will kick off March 5, mayor of the capital city of Panaji, Carolina Po, announced Friday. Po said that a committee has been set up to organise the festival, which sees thousands of revelers take to the streets to the tune of music.

“Preparations are in full swing for the Carnival 2011. For the four-day carnival celebrations, various cultural programmes are being chalked out. The famous King Momo’s Parade will be held on March 5 in Panaji with great pomp and fervour,” Po said.

Carnival processions, symbolic of Goa’s colonial Portuguese legacy, are held every year before the holy season of Lent.

Lent is the 40-day period starting from Ash Wednesday and ending with Easter Sunday, during which many Christians observe fasting, repentance and moderation in an effort at spiritual renewal.

The festival, which involves a public celebration in the form of long continuous parades of gaily coloured floats, with masqueraded dancers, is led by King Momo or king of the carnival.

King Momo is usually a locally chosen dignitary who is given a key to the city.

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