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The celebration of Holi festival marks the beginning of the Shigmo festival in Goa. This year the celebration of colourful Holi across India will commence on the 14th March and on the same day Shigmo festivities will begin in Ponda Goa. The celebration of Shigmo in Goa always begins from Ponda, said the sources.
Maruti temple of Mala which is situated on the hillock of Altinho that connects to Goa’s ancient Portuguese colony “Fontainhas” is very famous for its annual Zatra celebration that takes place in the month of January - February based on the Hindu calendar. The Fontainhas is one of the oldest Portuguese Colony exists in Goa and it came into existence after the complete evacuation of Old Goa by Portuguese due to the spread of deadly plague epidemic in 17th Century. The Portuguese moved to Panaji and started settling down at here.
A place such as Goa, who would think it is more than a hot tourist destination? But beneath this glamorous façade lies a treasure trove of history, culture and a delicious cuisine. Goa is not just about the sun, beaches, sand, and parties. It is about the food, and our culture, that we celebrate so graciously and heartily. People who may or may not be aware that Goan food, is extremely different from the food from other regions, and this can be attributed to its rich and diverse cultural heritage, hence it has its own personality and is really addictive.
With summer on the brink, it’s time to chill and sip some wine as Goa brings its 15th edition of The Grape Escapade 2019. The Department of Tourism, organizes every year Goa's premier food & lifestyle festival, the Grape Escapade; the much-awaited Wine festival is a celebration of the finest of everything - food, fashion, and entertainment.