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According to Hindus

January/February (Magh) Mahashivratri

A celebration honour of Lord Shiva held  at all  the Shiva temple, such as the Rudershwar, Mangueshi, Nagueshi, Sri Madadev - Bhumika and other temples.

February/March (Phalgun)

Shigmotsavor or Shigmo: All over Goa, Special celebrations at Panaji, Mapusa, Vasco Da Gama and Margoa. A Spring festival celebrated on the full moon day of the month of Phalgun in March.It is a grand five day festival of  colour, celebrated distinctively in the villages, corresponding with Holi or Spring Festivals. Shigmo is universally celebrated  in Goa, but specially in Panaji, Mapusa, Vasco Da Gama and Margoa.

Holi is celebrated as Gulal or Rangapanchami at Sri Damodar Temple in Zambaulin.

February/March (Phalgun)

The three day festival of Gade at Mahadev Bhumika Temple attracts huge crowds.

March-Apirl (Chaitra)

Ram Navami or the birthday of Lord Rama is celebrated at Ramnath temple.  Chaitra Purnima is celebrated at Sri Mahalakshhmi Temple at Panaji, and during the nine days preceding the full moon , at Sri Vithal Temple in Sanquelim.

Apirl-May (Baisakh)

This is home coming season for many Goan settled away from Goa. It is also the fruit season and Feni making season.

May-June (Jaith)

Mirg is on 6th June. It is the start of the Monsoon season. The Christian Mirg is one day earlier. If the rains fail, prayers are offered to the Catholic saints born this month-- St. Anthony, St. John the Baptist and St. Peter and St. Paul. In Goa there is happy mingling of festivals and feast days for the common good of all.

June-July (Asadh)

Rainy season with no major festival.

July- August (Shravana)

Gokul Ashtami or Janamashtami is the Birthday of Lord Krishna. This marks the beginning of Goa's harvest festival.

August- September (Bhadra-Pada)

Ganesh Chaturthi birthday of Lord Ganesh, the most important deity in the Konkan, and is celebrated all over Goa.

Novidade In each village, the first offering is is made to  the  church and the  paddy specially blessed. No farmer, will harvest his rice crop before it is  offered in a ceremony called 'Novidade' in which the parish priest himself harvests sheaf of rice and returns with it to the Church, Local people accompany him with music, fire works and Jubilation . It is a true feast day for all. Women folk of Goa's earliest tribal settlers perform a dance called Bhandup in half second half of the month.

August- September (Ashwin)

Navaratior the nine nights festivals associated with Lord Rama's Defeat of Ravana, demon King of Lanka culminates in the grand festival of Dusshera. Dusshera is  celebrated by devotees of the Mother Goddess as her festival. The Sri Bhagavati Temple is Pernem has a fortnight's  festivities on the occasion. Special celebrations for Navaratar Utsav are held at Shantadurga, Nagueshi,

October- November (Kartika)

Deepawali is the great festivals of lights . It is universally celebrated in Goa, in homes, on the streets, in shops and of course, in religious places.

November- December (Aghrana)

Kejagiri Purnima could fall early in lights. It is the full moon following Dusshera and at Mardol in Ponda there are special celebrations to mark this auspicious day.

November- December (Paush)

Malni Purnima is the festivals at Sri Devaki Krishna Temple at Marcel. The Zatra of Shri Shantadugra is held at Dhargal in Pernem. The deity is taken out of the temple in a colourful procession for the day. The annual Zatra of Shri Shantadurga at Kunkoliemkarin at Fatorpa in Quepem also falls in this month. Thousands flock to attend the festival from afar. Zatra in all Temples, of special importance being at Mangueshi, Nagueshi, Ramnathi, Kavlem, Madki, Kundai, Shiroda, Khandepar, Borim, Kapileshwari, Mulgaon, Fatorpa, Amona, Mashel, Mala-Panaji, Mapusam, Velinga, Karmali, and Calangute. 

The Datta Jayanti is celebrated as the annual festival at Shri Datta Temple at Dattawadi, Sanquelim.

According to Christian

January 6 ------ Feast of the Three Kings at Reis Magos, Cuelim (Canasaulim) and Chandor.

February 2 ----- Feast of our Lady of Chandelaria at Pomburpa.

 5th Monday in Lent ---- Procession of all Saint of the Franciscan Third Order (only other besides Rome) at Goa Velha.

1st Sunday after Easter --- Feast of Jesus Nazareth at Siridoa.

16 days after Easter -- Feast of Our Lady of Miracles at Mapusa.

24th June --- Feast of Sao Joao (St. John  Baplist).

24th August-- Festivals of Novidades -- Offering of first sheaves of rice crop to the head of State.

1st Fortnight of October ---- Fama De Menino Jesus at Colva.

3rd Wednesday of November --- Feast of Our Lady of Rosary at Navelim.

3rd December --- Feast of St. Francis Xavier, Patron Saint Goans, at old Goa. This occasion draws thousands of faithful to Goa to participate in the religious event.

8th December --- Feast of our Lady of  Immaculate Conception at Panaji and Margoa.

25th December --- Christmas, all over Goa with the customary Midnight Mass on gatherings and special Christmas Eve and with prayers gathering and special Christmas festivals. A Goan will leave his front door open during the festival as a gestures of generosity toward all who may visit his home.

According to Muslim

17th Zilhaj (February) ---- Urus of Shah Abdullah at Ponda.

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