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Goa Carnival to begin on March 2

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

The popular will begin in the coastal state from March 2, Ajgaonkar said on Tuesday.

He said the tourism department was expecting better footfalls during the carnival, after a lacklustre response from tourists during the just-concluded and New Year festivities as compared to previous years.

"This season we saw a bit low tourist footfalls. We expect that the festival will make up for the loss," Ajgaonkar told reporters here.

The float parades will begin from Panaji on March 2, he said, adding that will lead the parades during the four-day festival.

Every year, a person from the state is chosen to play - a mythological character who symbolically rules the state during the time and leads the float parades held across

The float parades would be held in Margao (South district) on March 3, Vasco (South Goa) on March 4 and at Mapusa, Morjim (both in district) and Curchorem (South Goa) on March 5.

"We will be promoting the carnivalacross the world," Ajgaonkar said, adding that the float parades would reflect Goa's culture.

The main float of and the beautification of various areas for carnival would cost Rs 1.5 crore, he said.

Besides, the has also set a budget of Rs 1.42 crore for the other float parades, he added.

The carnival is being celebrated in Goa since the 18th century and is meant for enjoyment and merry-making, just before the 40 days of Lent, which is the time of abstinence and spiritual preparation for

The festival was introduced by the Portuguese, who ruled Goa for over 500 years, an official earlier said.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 16:35 IST