a major event in all Indian Christian households and
one can see Catholic Goa come to life at this time of
the year. Christians in India celebrate their festivals broadly on the pattern
adopted worldwide. However some influence of local Indian
tradition is evident among Syrian Christians who use
elephants, umbrellas and traditional music as accessories
to their festivities and celebrations.
The Carnival, preceding the Lenten period of penance
is the most important event at Goa. Similar to Mardi
Gras in New Orleans, it is an extravagantly colourful
occasion. A carnival parade, full of colour and zest,
it is virtually a celebration of life itself.