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There is no need to re-establish the connection between fun, celebrations, festivals, and Goa because all these are inseparable. Christmas is yet another time of the year when Goa is sparkles like the brightest star. Though Christmas is celebrated all over the world yet the way Goa does it is something different and fun to be a part of. There is no better place to see the real charm and enthusiasm of the festival than Goa. The domination of Christian religion in the state due to its colonial past adds to the overall joy of Christmas celebrations in the state. People from all around the country arrive here to witness the Christmas celebrations that go on till the new year.  

History of Christmas Festival

Christmas is a Christian festival that celebrated the birth anniversary of Jesus that is celebrated on December 25 of every year. The festival begins a day before Christmas i.e. December 24 which is known as Christmas eve. The next day is Christmas which is the birthday of Jesus Christ while the following day is known as boxing day i.e December 26. During this time people prepare exotic meals, special Christmas cakes, decorate their homes with Christmas tree and present gifts to their dear ones. Besides gifting people also visit the church to offer prayers.   

Christmas Celebration in Goa 

Portuguese invaded Goa in the 15th century and the saints who visited along the Portuguese traders spread Christianity in Goa and built many churches. Portuguese stayed in Goa for a very long time and influenced the lifestyle, culture and local food of Goa. Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of India’s oldest churches located in Goa is the hub of all the festivities.  

Also Read: Also known as the thanks-giving of Bihar, people offer their gratitude to the Sun God in this festival

Major Attractions of Christmas 

Basilica of Bom Jesus 

Special prayers are conducted in this church which is attended by all the devotees. Besides prayers, special feasts and exhibitions are organised in Basilica of Bom Jesus. The church bells, the cakes, the music, the ambiance, everything is worth witnessing. The western essence blended into this Indian state is what makes Christmas special and unique here.

Lights and Fireworks 

Fireworks in Goa are another highlight of the Christmas celebration. During the celebrations of Christmas in Goa, the churches are decorated with fancy lights till the new year. People from across the country arrive here to capture these special fireworks and decorations in their cameras.    

Feast and Fun. A major part of the celebration of Christmas festival in India focuses on feasting and having fun with friends and family. People go out for dinner and spend the day visiting churches and shopping. The restaurants in every part of the country prep up in advance to serve delicious cakes and exotic traditional recipes to people on this special day.   

How to Reach

Christmas is celebrated all around the world but the celebrations for Christmas in India have a separate charm when it comes to spreading joy amongst one another. The state of Goa is known for its western culture and Christmas celebrations in the state are no less than the celebrations in Christian countries. Panaji which is also known as Panjim is the capital of Goa and the hub of all celebrations can be easily reached via air, road or rail. 

By Road. If you are planning to reach Goa by road then you are required to cover approx. 1,800, 600, 2,200 and 550km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. One may also travel via inter-state tourist buses.  

By Rail. Madgaon railway station is the nearest to reach Goa. Trains from all metro cities of India arrive here hence one may consider traveling by train via if looking for a budget-friendly and comfortable journey.  

By Air. Dabolim airport is the nearest airport to reach Goa. There are regular flights to Goa from all parts of the country. From the airport, one may take a taxi to travel to the desired destination in the state.   

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