of Goa is a unique synthesis of indigenous elements and
extraneous influence. Throughout its chequered history, Goa
has nurtured and preserved local art and culture despite
being repeatedly conquered by invading forces. The long rule
of the Portuguese has influenced the Goan culture in more
ways than one and in many aspects of the culture of Goa one
witnesses a seamless blend of ethnic and Portuguese
Dance and music are an integral part of the Goa culture and
the jovial, warm people of Goa express themselves with
colorful performances. Goa is the treasure trove of
exquisite art and crafts and tourists visiting the state
take artifacts as souvenirs.
harmony is an amazing facet of the culture of Goa with the
people carving a unique Goan identity irrespective of their
The Goa trance is a distinctive sub-class of the trance
music genre. Trance music is a form of fast-paced electronic
dance music usually characterized by a tempo of between 130
and 160 bpm, featuring repeating melodic synthesizer
phrases. Also known as 604 in trance music parlance, Goa
trance developed as a structured music form in the late
The idyllic beaches of Goa were the genesis of the Goa
trance music. During the 1960s and 1970s, Goan beaches such
Anjuna emerged as a favorite rendezvous for the hippies, the
flower children of the counterculture era. Music was a way
of life for the hippies and their experiments with
electronic music sowed the seeds for the birth of Goa trance
After being confined to the Hippies for the greater part of
the 1980s, the Goa trance music started making a conspicuous
presence from the early 1990s. The heydays of Goa trance
music were around the period 1994-1998, and since then its
popularity has been on the wane. In recent years, Goa trance
has been largely replaced by its successor, psychedelic
trance or psy trance.
If you want to party, there is no place on this planet like
Goa. Goa is synonymous with partying and the land is chock a
bloc with party zones on every nook and corner. Beach
parties, trance parties, New Year parties, parties of
myriad hues keep the Goan life throbbing with dynamic energy
all year round.
Music occupies the pride of place in the cultural milieu of
Goa. Goans are born musicians and music runs deep in their
veins. Apart from being a vast repository of folk music
forms, Goa is also the cradle of a number of Western music
forms. Read More...
Religions in Goa
Goans are deeply pious people and religion play an important
role in the Goan society. Hinduism and Christianity are the
two major religions in Goa, together constituting around 95%
of the population.
Nightlife in Goa
Trip to Goa reveals that the nightlife in Goa is exciting
and there are many ways to liven up the evening. Goans enjoy
going out and it is not unusual to find families out for a
night of merriment. In certain areas, almost every third
house has a bar-cum-restaurant.
Manha de Carnival!
Remember the song? It is a Brazilian song, very popular the
world over, which celebrates the return of joy : alegria
The joy returns every year for less than a week-five days in
Brazil, four nights in Goa-before Ash Wednesday, the
beginning of Lent which was once a dreary season of penance
and abstinence-40 long week days preceding Easter Sunday.