The Goa Tourism announced this morning that Goa Carnaval 2015 will kick-start on February 14. According to a media statement, this year’s event will be one of the most colourful and vibrant editions of the Carnaval.
From (L-R): Nikhil Desai, King Momo and Ameya Abhyankar.
The event is Goa’s tribute to its diverse population and heritage. What is more, it is aiming at spreading a message of peace, unity and harmony. This year’s theme, as the event coincides with Valentine’s Day, is Goa and Love.
Nikhil Desai and Ameya Abyankar.
Amey Abhyankar, Director, Goa Tourism, said: “The Goa Carnaval is one of the biggest highlighs in the State and India. It is a colourful and vibrant spectacle, which gives one a glmipse into Goa’s glorious past and is a shining example of how traditions have been carried over time. The Carnaval celebrations attract tourists from across the country and abroad. Since this is a one-of-a-kind event, we have people from all over the globe coming in. While the spirit of celebration is contagious, we have taken into account aspects such as safety, security and cleanliness, which will ensure that the celebration is a truly memorable one. Furthermore, Goa has recently witnessed an increase of 30% in tourist arrivals last year and we are optimistic that this year too, will prove to be successful for Goa.”
Nikhil Desai, Managing Director, GTDC.
King Momo, the legendary character will declare the Carnaval open. The process of selecting the person who plays King Momo is an elaborate one and sees enthusiastic participation from young men in Goa. This year’s King Momo, Geovani Bosco Santimano (IRS), is currently the Joint Commissioner of Customes and Central Excise. The 57-year old King Momo belongs to South Goan coastal belt at Colva. He was the first prize winner of the Goa Carnaval, Float on Mixed Marriages held in 1998 and the second prize winner at the Goa Carnaval in 2003.
What makes the event different this year is that it will feature street performances by musicians at various vantage points across the state, a King Momo contest and increased prize money. Goa Tourism is also taking measures to ensure that high standards of saftey, hygene and cleanliness are maintained in the state.
Nikhil Desai, Managing Director, GTDC and Director of Tourism, Government of Goa said: We have taken measures to ensure 100% safety for everyone and have increased the deployment of police force at tourist spots. we are also in the process of increasing room inventory for tourists.”
This year’s Carnaval will revive the yesteryears’ fervour with larger than life decor, mask installations and float parades. Goa Tourism has left no stone unturned to take the 2015 Carnaval experience to a heightened level of excitement and entertainment. The festival, as usual, will feature float parades in four cities such as Panaji, Margao, Vasco and Mapusa. This public event recognises Goa’s divrse population including its vast tourist populace and promotes a message of tolerance, friendship and inclusiveness.