Goa State Guide
Like elsewhere in the world, December 25 is celebrated in Goa too as the nativity of Jesus Christ with traditional joy and gaiety. In fact, it cuts across the limits of the Church to spill over into the streets for all to participate.
Christmas is the most awaited festival for Christians. Christmas marks the birth of lord Jesus. Celebrated on 25th december, Christmas is observed globally, crossing the bounds of religion. The festival of joy and peace starts at Christmas eve, ie, 24th december with partying and celebrations, and continues till 25th December night. Prayers are offered during day time. Midnight masses, decorated churches, pealing of church bells and fireworks coupled with messages of love, joy and peace are ushered in Christmas celebrations all across the world. Houses are decorated with the glowing star and little Christmas trees. The small trees are decorated with tinsel stars, cotton or snow flakes, lights, candy and cakes. Carols singing and sending cards are a must.
Christmas in Goa
Christmas is the most celebrated festival in Goa. Though Christians are in minority in Goa and India, Christmas is one of the festivals, which has highest involvement of people of all religions. Parties and dancing is an integral part of the festivities, and all Goans and tourists participate in them wholeheartedly. Classy hotels, smaller clubs and restaurants, groups of friends, schools, colleges and almost all social organizations have parties, eat, drink, dance and celebrate. There is no dearth of good spirit. Gifts are exchanged, according to the depth of the pockets and Santa Claus brings gifts to a lot of good children. Goa's Catholics flock to midnight mass services traditionally called Missa de Galo or Cock Crow as they go on well into early hours of the morning.
The Goan Way of Celebration
Dress up in the finest cloths and participate in the Missa de Galo. Party till you drop. Beaches and roads are covered with people, dressed in the best of attire. Dance and music are an integral part of the celebrations. So dance all through the night and don't forget to offer prayers in the churches in morning. Exchage gifts with your dear ones and decorate your place of stay in typical christmas style.