Goa Carnival to be held from 10 to 13 February: 'King Momo' to lead float parades in all major cities

Panaji: The popular annual Goa Carnival will be held across the coastal state from 10 to 13 February, an official has said.

The main float parade of the festival will be held in the state capital Panaji on 10 February, he said.

'King Momo' will lead the float parades in all the major cities of the state.

Every year, a person from the state is chosen to play King Momo - a mythological character who symbolically rules the state during the carnival time and leads the float parades held across Goa. This year, Bruno Azaredo (57), from Utorda village in South Goa district, has been selected to play the role of King Momo and lead the float parades, a spokesman of the state tourism department said on Tuesday.

 Goa Carnival to be held from 10 to 13 February: King Momo to lead float parades in all major cities

File image of the Goa Carnival. Image courtesy: www.goa.gov.in

State tourism minister Manohar Ajgaonkar earlier took stock of the preparations, including security and traffic arrangements, for the four-day festival, the spokesman said. The float parades will be held in Margao and Ponda on 11 February, Vasco and Curchorem on 12 February, and in Mapusa and Morjim on 13 February, he said.

The carnival committees, set up by the tourism department, have been asked to encourage participants to promote the state's culture and traditions in the festival and minimise the commercialisation of floats, he said. "The vehicles which cause pollution will not be allowed in the parades. The consumption of liquor and carrying of weapons will also not be permitted during the event," the spokesman said.

The carnival is being celebrated in Goa since the 18th century and is meant for enjoyment and merry-making, just before the 40 days of Lent, which is the time of abstinence and spiritual preparation for Easter, one of the organisers said.

The festival was introduced by the Portuguese, who ruled Goa for over 500 years, he added.

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Updated Date: Jan 31, 2018 11:16:11 IST