Carnival not a religious festival, says Parrikar
Panaji, Feb 5 : Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Wednesday said the state's famous carnival festival is not a religious event.
Parrikar was speaking to reporters at a post-cabinet meeting press conference at the State Secretariat.
Justifying the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition government's decision to hold the budget session in the first week of March, when the week-long carnival festival is traditionally held, Parrikar said: "Is it (carnival) Diwali, Dussehra or Christmas? ...Technically everyone is opposed to carnival. It is only happening because of tourism. Even the Church opposes carnival."
The Goa carnival is a celebration of the state's Portuguese legacy. It is celebrated in a big way in countries once ruled by the Iberians - either Portuguese or Spanish and to some extent in regions ruled by the French, who celebrate Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), a similarly inspired festival.
For the week prior to the austere Christian season of Lent, Goa celebrates 'one last shot at having fun' before the liquor bottles, beef and pork are stacked away as part of a 40-day period of religious penitence.
Along with Christmas and Ganesh Chaturthi, it is one of the biggest festivals in the state, which was ruled by the Portuguese for over 450 years.
Parrikar claims that since the government did not even consider a restricted holiday for carnival, it was perfectly logical to have a functioning assembly session during the period.
"For important festivals like Eid, Good Friday and Christmas, we give holidays. But not for carnival," Parrikar said.
While the week-long carnival festivities in Goa begin March 1, the five-day budget session begins March 3.
--IANS (Posted on 05-02-2014)
Share this Post:
Information on States of India:
Andaman Nicobar | Andhra Pradesh | Assam | Bihar | Chandigarh | Chhattisgarh | Dadar Nagar Haveli | Daman Diu | Delhi | Goa | Gujarat | Haryana | Himachal Pradesh | Jammu Kashmir | Jharkhand | Karnataka | Kerala | Lakshadweep | Madhya Pradesh | Maharashtra | Manipur | Meghalaya | Mizoram | Nagaland | Orissa | Pondicherry | Punjab | Rajasthan | Sikkim | Tamil Nadu | Tripura | Uttar Pradesh | Uttaranchal | West Bengal
INDIA REGIONAL MAPS:
Andhra Pradesh Travel Map | Bihar Travel Map | Goa Travel Map | Gujarat Travel Map | Haryana Travel Map | Himachal Pradesh Map | Karnataka Travel Map | Kerala Travel Map | Maharashtra Travel Map | Punjab Travel Map | Rajasthan Travel Map | Sikkim Travel Map | Tamil Nadu Travel Map | Uttar Pradesh Travel Map | West Bengal Travel Map |
MORE MAPS OF INDIA:
INDIA CITY MAPS:
KERALA TRAVEL MAPS: