King Momo, or the king of Chaos, is a character derived from the Greek god Momus, who is the god of satire. He is usually depicted removing a mask. Like in the many of the Latino Carnivals, the Goa Carnival also crowns a King Momo, usually a large gentleman. The court of King Momo in Goa is usually made up of fire eaters, jesters, dancers, a brass band and other revellers who make their way down the streets of Panaji whilst the King encourages people to “Kha, piye aani majja kar” i.e. “Eat, drink and make merry.
There are celebrations in villages and cities all across Goa. The parade with its floats, entertainers and dancers moves through the major cities. Festivities usually begin around 3 pm and last for about 3 hours. The celebrations culminate with the famous Red and Black Ball which is usually held at the Club National in Panaji, on the evening of the last day.
The legendary King Momo will rule over Goa for four days and will throw open Carnaval revelry in the capital city on 25th February 2017.
Elaborate floats, music, dancing and décor will form part of the four day Carnaval extravaganza and one you will not want to miss. Float parades in the four cities: Panjim, Margao, Vasco and Mapusa will be held from February 25-28 respectively.