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Goa's carnival now a dark shadow of its former self

State intervention triggered commercialization of an event that has become a social, irreligious event

Bosco de Souza Eremita, Panaji

Bosco de Souza Eremita, Panaji

Updated: February 25, 2020 08:33 AM GMT
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Goa's carnival now a dark shadow of its former self

Hypocrisy being a hallmark of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the government is today supporting what is seen as a Portuguese and Catholic festival. (UCA News photo)

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Gorgeous gals dancing in gay abandonment atop multicolored floats, masqueraders fighting mock battles on streets with powdered clay ammunition, boys armed with face powder making forays into neighborhoods powdering damsels amid half-hearted cries as they coyly cower to the whims of the raiding party, leaving them almost unrecognizable behind the maze of lavender powder, and of course melodies to melt your heart.

The three-and-a-half day celebrations, which kicked off with a carnival parade through the main thoroughfares of Goa's state capital Panaji on Feb. 22, did not reflect the joie de vivre of the carnival of yesteryear.

The carnival has become a social, irreligious event, best defined as a dating and happening app of modern society where boys and girls meet, flirt and tease, akin to any other non-Catholic festival.

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