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Goa History
History of goaThe history of Goa makes it different from other parts of India. Goa was a part of the Mauryan Empire of Emperor Ashoka. It has been known to other cultures by different names. The Indian names were Aparant, Gomant, Govarashtra, Goparastra and so on. The Greeks called it Chersonesus, Nekanidon, Melinda or Tricadiba Insula (Ptolemy), Nincilda (Peutingerian tables), Sibo while the Arab who were trading with the Goans, referred Goa as Sindabur, Chintabur, and Cintabor. The Hindus, the Muslims and the Portuguese ruled Goa. The Hindu era lasted for 700 years, the Muslims (Bahamani Kingdom) conquered Goa and destroyed the temples and deities. The only one deity that survives to this day is that of Mahadeva. From the Muslims it was passed on to the Portuguese in the year 1510. It was Alfonso de Albuquerque who captured the land from the Muslims. He had massacred the Muslims. However, he spared the Hindus to a certain extent. Goa has different kinds of tourism to offer the tourist. Today it is popular for its beach tourism

Portuguese arrived in India that changed the fate of Goa. They came with the intention of trade but ended up setting a colony here. They gradually succeeded and seized total control of spice trade from the European powers. Later, in 1510, Yusuf Adil Shah, the Bijapur king lost to the Portuguese admiral Afonso de Albuquerque of a local sovereign. This contributed to the permanent establishment and settlement of the Portuguese in Velha Goa.

The Portuguese intended to make Goa a colony and a naval base different from fortified enclaves set anywhere else along the Indian coasts. Portuguese did many historic deeds in Goa that has contributed in shaping the face of present Goa. They imposed the Inquisition under which missionaries converted many local residents to Christianity forcibly. Else, they were threatened with punishment or arrogation of titles, land or property. To escape this Inquisition and torturous behavior, thousand people escaped from the state and got settled in neighboring towns of Mangalore and Karwar.

The "Conspiracy of the Pintos", in the 18th century, inspired by French Revolution was an important development in Goan history. It was the first ethnic rebellion against Portuguese rule in Goa. Portuguese were encouraged to marry the local Goan women and to settle down in Goa. Offspring of these unions, the Mestizo or mixed were considered favorably by the Portuguese rulers, but the Mestizo were looked down upon by the locals. Afterwards, the Portuguese created a senate that worked to maintain direct communications with the king. Capital was moved from Velha Goa to Panjim in 1843.

The Portuguese chapter in the historical saga of Goa was about to come to an end after India gained Independence from the British in 1947. At first, Portugal refused to agree to India's demand to hand over the control of its enclave. Finally, on 12th December 1961, the Indian army marched into Goa forcibly and took political control by force.

Goa became a Union Territory of the Indian Union for 26 Years. After that on 30th May 1987 it attained Statehood. Konkani, the Mother tongue of Goa was included in Indian constitution in August 1992.
GOA CULTURE
Goa culture is widely varied due to its equally varied history and religious background. The Portuguese used Goa as the main area of their empire

In Asia and because of this there are clear cultural influences from both the Portuguese way and traditional Indian ways. The rich culture of Goa is one of the most distinguishing assets of Goa. The culture of Goa comprises folk songs, lively dances, peppy music, seasoned cuisines and colorful festivals. The culture of Goa is an amalgamation the influence from all the communities that had ever lived in Goa. Music flows in blood of the people of Goa. Majority of Goans can play guitar or a piano with much ease. Much Goan music is derived from haunting and Portuguese love songs. The traditional dance and music of Goa has blended well with the more modern and chic dance and music of the West. Culture of Goa is reflected from the traditional dances including Fugdi, Dhalo, Kunbi, Dekni, Dhangar, Morulem, Zagor and Lamp Dance.

Dance and Music
Culture Tours of GoaMusic flows in blood of the people of Goa. Majority of Goans can play guitar or a piano with much ease. Much Goan music is derived from haunting and Portuguese love songs. The traditional dance and music of Goa has blended well with the more modern and chic dance and music of the West. Culture of Goa is reflected from the traditional dances including Fugdi, Dhalo, Kunbi, Dekni, Dhangar, Morulem, Zagor and Lamp Dance.

Goa Cuisine
Goa is a gourmet's paradise, with the overall quality of food being excellent. Seafood in particular is a gastronomic treat. The winter months have a bounty of Crayfish, Tiger Prawns, Squid, Mussels, Mollusks, and Crabs as well as Fish. On the beaches itself and in the villages adjoining them, many local families run tiny hotels and restaurants. In addition to seafood cooked in the local as well as Western styles, there are Chicken, Beef and Pork dishes. Some local dishes worth a mention are Chicken Xacauti, Cafreal, Pork Vindaloo, Sarapatel, Fish & Prawn Caldiline, Reichado and Balchoo. Large proportions of dishes and deserts contain coconut in them. Some sweet Goan temptations include Bebinca, a layered sweet, Doce, Ale Bette, Bathique, Cocado and Bulinos.

Feni is Goa's famous contribution to the world, the drink prepared from cashew apples. Feni preparation is in fact a cottage industry in Goa and feni is brewed in many a house. Other alcoholic drinks are cheaper here compared to the other states in India.

Goa Art & Craft
Art & Crafts of GoaGoa has been a land of blended cultures and meeting point of two civilizations. This unison has translated into art and crafts of Goa where the crafts of Portuguese nuns met with patterns, often Indian embroidery, and together they presented to the world a tradition of unique items.

Since fifteenth century crochet, bamboo and pottery have been employed to churn out utility items but over a period of time the craft has transcended to utility cum decorative purpose. Government has done its bit to preserve it by opening training centres as well as emporiums where you can buy genuine handicrafts. Not just that, the Goa craft has also won critical acclaim from 'visible everywhere' sea shells work. Even in today's techno driven world, these hand made souvenirs look immensely inviting on the counters of shops

Fairs and Festivals
Culture of Goa is showcased in the fairs and festivals of Goa. The calendar of events of Goa is never empty. Shigmo, celebrated in the month of February and March, is celebrated just like Holi. The Feast of Our Lady of Miracles is celebrated 16 days after the Easter. The Feast of the Three Kings at Reis Magos Cuelim and the Feast of St Francis Xavier at Old Goa are held in December every year. The Feast of St. Anthony held in the month of June marks the beginning of monsoon. Bon Carnival, the Mother of All fests, is celebrated all over Goa for three days in the month of February. Food Festival is organized I the month of November where you can taste and savor the authentic local cuisine of Goa for five days.