Goa is the only place in India where the celebration of Carnival takes place every year. Tourists from all over the world come to witness the Carnival in Goa. The Carnival celebration is not just the uniqueness of Goa but the tourism industry also considers this festival as one of the USP of the state to the tourist across the world. But this year Carnival celebration is about to witness the new revolution.
The carnival is symbolic of Goa’s colonial Portuguese legacy and is held every year before the holy season of Lent. Portuguese ruled this tiny state for more than 400 years and they left their deep impression behind. Goa’s traditions and culture are highly influenced by the colonial rule and Goa is considered as the pearl of the east. Carnival celebration takes place every year in the month of February as a mark of celebration of INTRUZ (the word has been derived from ENTRUDO, an alternative Portuguese name for Carnival). According to the legend, the King Momo rules the state for 4 days with fun frolic, dance and music.
But this year the scenario seems to be changing a bit with the Goa government has imposed the dress code on the Carnival celebration to keep tight control over the obscenity. According to the announcement made by the tourism minister of Goa Dilip Parulekar, the government will ask the Carnival Committees to ensure that no obscenity is permitted at the Carnival celebration this year.
When the media tried to find out if they would enforce the dress code the tourism minister answered in affirmative. Although it sounds bit difficult as there is no guideline been set by the government for the in the dress code which will define the term obscenity. The celebration of Carnival is done on the platform of western culture which was injected by the Portuguese rule of 450 years in Goa. The celebration of Carnival is the part of Goa’s traditional festivity since then.
The celebration of Carnival is performed in the form of long parades of colorful floats with dancers in masquerade wearing some exotic outfits. And this year tourism minister has announced the involvement of performers from Liverpool in the UK in taking part in the celebration. “A troupe from Liverpool will be performing at the Goa Carnival this year,” Parulekar said.
According to the available information from the reliable sources, the special carnival committee from Liverpool in the United Kingdom and Cape Town in South Africa will take part in the celebrations of Carnival in Goa. They will supposedly extend their expertise to Goa Carnival which is scheduled to be held in the state from 6 to 10 February 2016.
According to the statement released by the GTDC Chairman Nilesh Cabral, the Brouhaha International Organizations, Liverpool and Cape Town Carnival Committee will be deputing their teams to train the Goan performers in the state during the Carnival. GTDC is the main sponsor and promoters of the Carnival festival in the state. According to the information provided by Cabral, the participation of the Liverpool into the Goan Carnival is meant for exploring the best models in Carnivals across the globe.
It looks like this year Carnival will bring some new surprises. The implementation of the new dress codes will be one of those changes which will be witnessed by the tourists and locals as well. The participation of Liverpool and Cape Town will be the added attraction but what they have to showcase will only be revealed on the 6th February. The government is doing its complete effort to take the standard of Carnival to the international level but will it be possible to do that by imposing the dress code? Only time will tell. Please leave your comments and suggestions on this serious issue.
Source: Various Sources