Christmas is a festival that is celebrated all over the global with a lot of enthusiasm and joy, cutting across the barriers of religion. But there is a special charm in the Christmas in Goa that sets it apart from celebrations of Christmas anywhere else in India. Being predominated mainly by the Christians, Goa, during this time comes alive in a kaleidoscope of colors and revelry.
During Christmas in Goa, all the streets are lit up and the market places are all decorated with tinsel and buntings. There are Christmas trees shining and glittering in every corner of the streets and inside the houses. All the houses and churches are brightly lit up and decorated. Celebrations start from Christmas Eve when the beautiful harmony and melody of the Christmas carols fill up the pleasant ambiance of Goa and brings the festive mood. The wonderful smell of baking cakes and the songs of the church bells fills up the air that is already vibrant and colorful with the celebrations of the Goa Christmas. There are the parties,morning masses,prayers,the music, shopping,dance and other festivities that all add up to the exotic fiesta that is in sync with the beat of the sea, the sun and Christmas.
Time for celebrating Christmas in Goa
Christmas is celebrated all over the globe on the 25th of December and the celebrations of Christmas in Goa start from the Christmas Eve till the festive spirit lingers on, even after Christmas.
5 Unique Experiences You Cannot Miss During Christmas in Goa
1. Enjoy Amazing Firework Show
During Christmas in Goa, all the streets are lit up and marketplaces are decorated with tinsel and buntings. Enjoy the colorful firework show all around. Some of the best places to enjoy the firework shows are Anjuna Beach, Arambol Beach, Calangute Beach, and Vagator Beach. The regions of old Goa, dotted by several churches display exceptional fireworks and impart an irresistible appeal to the festive fervor.
2. Indulge in Christmas Eve Dance
Goa is much popular for its beach parties and nightlife but during Christmas celebrations, the atmosphere is different. One can feel energetic vibes and admire glinting decorations around. The celebrations are taken to a new level with Christmas Eve Dance. One can enjoy Christmas Eve dance parties at places like Vagator and Anjuna beaches.
3. Do not miss the Mass Missa De Galo
Experience the enchanting Christmas night and be a part of midnight mass. The bells of the Roman Catholic churches ring, children fire small bamboo cannons, brass bands beat, lively parade dresses, hymns and carols echo, and beautiful fireworks add more charm to the dynamic environment. To make your Christmas memorable, do not miss to join the Misa de Gallo, called Cock's Mass in English and Simbang Gabi in Tagalog. Join this midnight mass, pay a visit to Bom Jesus Church, Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, or Se Cathedral for prayers, and soak in the fascinating festive vibes and blessings.
4. Enjoy River Cruising on the Mandovi River
River cruise in Mandovi River is one of the unique experiences to enjoy during the Christmas season. Get on the river cruise and enjoy the beautifully adorned city from the deck or manage a private boat to enjoy a Christmas party with your friends. Enjoying while cruising on the waters during Christmas Eve is a unique experience.
5. Savor the Flavor of Christmas Eve with Homemade Chocolates
Christmas trees shine in every corner of the streets and inside the houses. All the houses and churches are brightly lit up and decorated. Church bells ring and add make the atmosphere symphonic. And what are Christmas festivities in Goa without eating homemade chocolates and cakes. The resistible aroma of cakes and delicious chocolates satiate your craving and add sweetness to Christmas celebration. Apart from chocolates and cakes, one can also relish mouth-watering cuisines served during Christmas.
Undoubtedly, Christmas celebrations in Goa not just make the atmosphere ooze with festive delight during the season but the festive spirit continues till New Year.