India is blessed with a large chunk of picturesque landscapes in different states of the nation. One such state is Goa, which is a favorite holiday spot of most Indians, especially the youth. Apart from its beaches, casinos, adventure sports, and nightlife, what makes the place all the more special are its festivals. If you are planning to visit Goa in 2019, this write-up about some of the festivals in Goa in 2019 would be of your interest. But before discussing the festivals, here is some necessary information about Goa every traveller must know.
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The best time to visit Goa is between November and March, as the weather is mild and clear during these months. You may travel to Goa via air, rail, road, and by water as well. A cruise ship named Angriya travels from Mumbai to Goa. Apart from it, there are ferries too. The nearest airport is Dabolim International Airport. There are two railway stations in the state, and you can reach the city by road as well. International tourists might need to land in Mumbai first and then travel via railways, road or in a cruise ship.
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Once you reach Goa, you will find luxurious as well as budget-friendly hotels in all localities of the state. ‘The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort Goa’ is a luxury hotel with decent tariff, but if you are looking for budget hotels in the state, then some decent options would be ‘Resort Rio’, ‘Santana Beach Resort’ and many others. You may also visit different cafes, in Goa, most popular being Cafe Candolim, Cafe Basil, Lila’s Café, Baba’s Wood Café and many others to satisfy your taste buds.
Goa has a culture which is a mix of both Eastern and Western styles. Amidst such a diverse culture, there is a long list of festivals in Goa that would be celebrated in 2019. After you check-into your hotel room, step out to enjoy the festivals of Goa. Some of them are:
When it comes to film festivals in Goa, nothing surpasses the International Film Festival of India that is being celebrated in this state since 2004. It is one of the major film festivals in Asia, and the one being celebrated in 2019 is going to be even grander because this year, the golden jubilee celebration of the film festival will be celebrated. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Directorate of Film Festivals and the Government of Goa jointly conducts this festival each year.
Among the festivals in Goa, this forms one of the major significance. The festival is held annually and it aims to form a common platform for the films throughout the world where they can display the brilliance of the art of film making. In addition to it, the festival celebrates and applauds the contribution of films from different parts of the world in milieu of their social and cultural ethos. The festival, further, promotes friendship and cooperation between the people who visit and participate in the festival coming from different nations.
When we consider the upcoming music festivals in Goa, one important event that pops up in the mind is the Sonic Music Fest. This music festival in Goa is India’s first music festival, which plays Live Rock and Reggae Tribute music, and presently it is India’s only music festival to do so.
Sonic Music Fest allows its audience to enjoy some live Reggae, Hip Hop and Rock music performances. In 2018, it was celebrated in a magnanimous manner with Rhapsody Queen (UK), ONEmpire (Mumbai) and Elvis Lobo (Goa), setting figurative fire on the stage as they say. In 2019 too, the festival would take place with added energy and other vibrant bands performing in it. Hence, when it comes to festivals in Goa in 2019, one may have some great fun in the Sonic Music Fest.
The biggest attraction for the youth is, without any doubt, this biggest music festival in Goa i.e. the Sunburn Festival. This festival is definitely Asia's prime electronic music festival, which expresses a range of house, EDM, and pop stars. This has been the tradition of the festival for years, and the year 2019 will be no different, may be better. After Tomorrowland and Ultra, Sunburn is regarded as the third biggest music festival in the world. They began their journey in the year 2007 and have an aim to make it bigger and better as every year passes. International artists such as Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, Afrojack, Tiesto, DJ Snake in addition to several more have been a part of this festival.
In 2019, the festival would take place on 23rd and 24th February in Vagator, Goa and has been named as Sunburn Klassique,. Previous year, the festival was celebrated in Pune, but Sunburn is back in its birthplace in 2019, that is in Goa. It caters to both indigenous as well as international audience and is attended by a massive crowd every year. Sunburn Festival is undoubtedly one of the must-attend Goa festivals for music devotees and party lovers. As it is taking place in Vatoga, one may roam around and visit Bombay Coffee Roasters or Café Pesto for some light meal.
This is another annual festival that takes place in Goa in the months of February or March. In 2019, it will be held in Goa from midday of March 2 to midday of March 5. One of the largest carnivals held in India, it has been a major tourist attraction since its inception. The festival originated in the 1960s to celebrate freedom from Portuguese. Celebrated in a traditional manner, the festival includes street-side local plays, live performances, colorful processions, floats, parades and sports competitions. Bullock carts, horse carriages and floats are the major highlights of the festival. You will see numerous dancing troupes wearing colourful costumes and masks, giving their performances on the streets of Goa.
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This is the biggest wine festival in India that is organized in Goa since 2005. You will not only enjoy some great wine and cuisine at the festival but also get to witness some great entertainment display. If you are a wine and food lover, then you should plan your Goa trip between 19 and 22 April, 2019. A large number of restaurants, hotels and food & beverage experts from around the world gather at this festival to showcase their talent and specialties. Take part in a wine tasting session at the festival, and see what the industry has to offer. Don’t miss the key highlight of the festival, which is the crowning of the Grape Escapade Queen. You would love the custom of grape stomping that is a fun-activity for all people attending the festival.
Goa festivals 2019 are a major attraction that would allure any tourist. You can enrich your experience of visiting Goa by having a glimpse of some of these festivals. Other than the ones discussed here, there are several other festivals that would be organized in Goa in 2019, including Goa Food and Cultural festival, Goa Cashew and Coconut Fest, Sao Joao, Shigmo festival, Goa Mango Festival, Saptah Festival and many others. So, if you are planning to visit Goa in 2019 find out the dates of your favorite festival and book your tickets accordingly.
These festivals make your stay in any Goa hotels all the more exciting and make it a rich experience.
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