Inhabited by scores of Christians and Catholics, Goa is one of the best places to head to if you wish to be a part of awesome Christmas celebrations. Celebrated with much pomp and grandeur, this epic festival is one of the most looked-forward-to events of the year. Scores of people have already booked cheap flights to India to attend some of the top Christmas events in Goa and you shouldn’t be far behind! Here’s a complete guide to how you can enjoy Christmas in Goa.
Get your hands on some Christmas desserts
Every Christmas, there are loads of sweets made at home and otherwise as part of the festivities. Many people send sweets to friends and relatives who live far away as well. Kuswar is the traditional offering and consists of Goan sweets such as neureos, kulkuls, mandares, and doce de grão among other things. Some of the most popular bakeries where you can get these include Mr. Baker 1992, Bakers Street, Confeitaria 31 De Janeiro, A Pastelaria, Nostalgia, and Rita’s Gourmet Goa among others.
One of the best things to do when arriving in Goa on cheap last minute flights is to go crib-hopping. Christmas celebrations and decorations in Goa are very famous and cribs depicting the birth of Jesus Christ are a large part of them. Also referred to as ‘Nativity Scene,’ these cribs are decorated and placed in people’s homes, churches, and even some open squares all across the city. You can go from one crib to the other by either joining a crib trail/walk or by going off on your own.
Be a part of ‘Burn the old man’ tradition
Not actually a part of Christmas tradition, this is more of a local one that’s been kept alive by the Goans for years now. The ritual involves burning the effigy of an old man as a way of ushering the New Year. The effigy is stuffed with hay, dressed in old clothes, and placed in a prominent spot before being lit up. Sometimes, the old man effigy is hoisted on a bicycle and has a cigar in his mouth while he holds an alcohol bottle in his hand. While it may seem like a foreign concept, this is quite a common tradition in parts of Europe, New Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, and Puerto Rico among other places.
Midnight mass and carols
Missa de Galo, or the traditional midnight mass, is highly attended in Goa. There are numerous churches in the city and you can head to any of them to attend the Christmas service. Dress your absolute best, sing a carol or a hymn, say a prayer and attend the service of this iconic festival. Among the most vital aspects of the festival, church service reminds Christians of the love and sacrifice of Christ their Savior. Attend the Christmas service at any of the churches in Goa to experience the spiritual fervor of the festival when visiting on cheap business class flights.
Watch spectacular fireworks at the beach
The beach (any beach) is the best place to head to if you wish to watch some spectacular fireworks. Set a blanket on the beach on Christmas Eve and sit down to watch some of the most amazing fireworks lighting up the night sky. You can do this on New Year’s Eve as well since fireworks are lit in plenty even then. Some of the most popular beaches to head to for this exhilarating experience are Calangute, Baga, Candolim, and Vagator beaches among others.
This is actually more of a New Year thing than a Christmas one as Goa is one of the topmost party destinations in India. Sunburn Music Festival is another highlight of Christmas events in Goa. Showcasing the musical extravaganza of talented and famed national and international artists, this electronic music event is touted as being the top music festival in all of Asia. So if you happen to be a hardcore party animal, Goa is the place to head to!
Keeping in mind all of the above, it is fair to say that Christmas in Goa can be celebrated in a lot of different ways. You can party on the beach with your friends, have a special Christmas dinner with your beau at an upscale restaurant, or enjoy the city’s Christmas spirit with your family.