Carnival Season Kicks Off Around the World

  • By law, float riders at Mardi Gras must always be wearing a mask.

    By law, float riders at Mardi Gras must always be wearing a mask.

  • New Orleans starts celebrating Mardi Gras on February 15.

    New Orleans starts celebrating Mardi Gras on February 15.

  • One of the most anticipated events during the Venice Carnival is the boat parade.

    One of the most anticipated events during the Venice Carnival is the boat parade.

  • A reveler covered in paint for j’ouvert in Trinidad and Tobago.

    A reveler covered in paint for j’ouvert in Trinidad and Tobago.

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Goa Carnival
Introduced by the Portuguese who ruled India’s smallest state for more than 400 years, the Goa Carnival has evolved from a religious event to a cultural celebration. From March 1 to 4, Christians, Hindus, and a huge influx of visitors enjoy parades complete with guitar music, including the Portuguese signature fado, colorful water fights, firework displays designed to wake the gods, and merry processionals through Goan towns for King Momo (the King of Chaos).

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