Christmas bells are ringing all around and the joyous spirit of Goa is beckoning you to have a cheerful Christmas this season with the Goan churches and beaches. So be a part of Christmas celebrations in Goa. Enriched with the colors of festivity and essence of banquets, Christmas in Goa marks a remarkable value.
Like all over the world, Lord Jesus' birth is celebrated on December 25th, in form the Christmas fest. Richness and festivity of Goa, attracts people from all around the world to come together and celebrate this festival. History of Goa as a Portuguese colony and a large Roman catholic community makes the festival even bigger.
Christmas Celebrations and Rituals in Goa
As a soon as cool breeze of December falls down in Goa, the Christmas mood starts growing on. People start decorating their houses, do the shopping for gifts, sweets and decorative. People put on their finest dresses to cherish the merry mood. But the celebration is not limited to any particular caste or creed. As soon as the evening settles down on the beaches of Goa, the loud party music starts all around. Special feasts are arranged by the Goan Christians. Lavish food and beverages are served.
Midnight mass or 'Missa de Galo' is the highlight of Christmas celebration in Goa, especially for the Catholics. Christmas is also featured by family feasts, dancing, partying and get-togethers. People exchange gifts, offer prayers and sing carols. Hotels in Goa arrange special events and menus for the eve and season. A special sweet dish 'bebinca' made of sugar, ghee, flour and coconut milk is the favorite on menu chart. Do try the most popular foods of Goa:
Mesmerizing blend of modern life and historical legacy makes a scintillating Christmas destination.
Christmas Decorations in Goa
Decoration makes an important part of the Christmas celebrations at Goa. People make clay statues and artifacts from millet, grass, box boards and hay. This practice is to celebrate the essence of Christmas and birth of Jesus Christ in the stable of Bethlehem. Goan houses are decorated with colorful papers, lights and flowers. Beautiful bushes and flowers of poinsettias make a remarkable prominence in the Christmas decoration throughout Goa. Christmas trees are an integral part of the decoration and celebration. The trees are decorated with colorful items stars, socks, gifts, etc. decorative along with delicacies like candies, cakes, cotton flakes, etc. Churches, streets, market all share the cheerful mood of the festival, and are all decorated beautifully. Tinsels, cotton flakes, clay lamps and buntings as well make an important part of the decorations.
Christmas Accommodation in Goa
While planning a Christmas holiday at Goa, you have a variety of options to choose from. Goa being a prominent tourist attraction is fabulously enriched with hospitality and accommodation facilities. There are a number of 5 star deluxe as well as luxury hotels for those who are looking for a lavish stay there. Similarly there are a number of 5-star, 4-star, 3-star and 2-star hotels. If you are looking for a more private stays, then you also have option to go for resorts cottages and boutique hotels.
For the people looking for an economic budget stay, land of Goa also has budget hotels. So you have a freedom to book Hotels in Goa, in accordance to your pocket. If you have any plans for checking in there, then get your booking done soon before the rate jump up and all hotels and full.
Christmas joy and mood is not limited to the Church walls, instead it fills all the streets of Goa. Area of Old Goa with the serenity of ancient holy churches attracts large footfall. Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa, is around 400 years old, storing the remains of St. Francis Xavier, the Patron Saint of Goa. In close vicinity in Se Cathedral dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria and closely located St. Francis Church dedicated to the holy soul of St. Francis of Assisi. Similarly there are many more churches attracting people to pray, sing carols and wish each other 'Merry Christmas'.
Best Beaches in Goa for Christmas
Goa is an international point of attraction for the serenity of its beaches, Christmas and the centre of Celebrations. Liveliness of these Goa beaches wears the youth and beauty like a newlywed bride. Special decorations, fooding-&-amusement arrangements and events offer you the best time around here. People dress as Santa and roaming in the crowd they distribute gifts, candies and snacks. Santa along with Christmas trees makes a fabulous thematic feel. Loud music going all around with partying people makes an ambience of discotheque. Shacks are established around there for you to enjoy shopping. With the fabulous head-count, Goa beaches on Christmas night, give the resemblance of sea of revelrous people partying overnight. Most famous beaches of Goa are:
Christmas Shopping in Goa
Shopping is an integral part of the Goa trip and there could be no better time than Christmas to get extravagant. Goa markets and shops witness heavy sales right from the beginning of December.
As a cosmopolitan region, Goa markets have diverse items and offers to captivate both Indian and international tourists. Fashionable garments, crockery, spices, dry fruits and other lifestyle items are a very lustrous attraction. Beach stalls are well known for their textile products and cheap garments and; are open to bargaining.
Cashew nuts are a specialty of Goa, making one of the most popular shopping items of Goa. You can find a number of shops selling a variety of cashews like plain, salted, roasted and masala.
Few Major Attractions of Goa Shopping:
Anjuna Wednesday market stalls sell everything including handicrafts, beachwear, souvenirs and trinkets. These markets welcome bargaining skills. At the outdoor Mango Shade restaurant you can relax after shopping. Mapusa Friday markets offer you a fabulous range of dried fishes, spices, curios and old coins. Ingo'S Saturday night bazaar is a major attraction on weekends for partying, cruises and liquor shopping. Casa Goa, the renowned designer Wendell Roderick's' boutique. Sangolda, the ancient Portuguese mansion turned boutique. Here you can find Kerala rattan loungers to Rajasthani chests, a unique line of home decors. Local handicrafts make highlight for the Goa shopping. Some of the handmade items that you can shop in Goa include:
Traditional Goa markets with the enchanting colors of vibracious culture of Goa make a fascinating shopping experience.