The culture of Goa is unique and is in stark contrast to the Indian culture. Goa is an extremely secular place, which harmoniously blends the culture of East and West. Unlike the rest of India, Goa is free from extreme traditionalism and conservatism.
Music is a very significant element of Goan lifestyle. All genres of music are readily accepted and adopted by the Goans. Genres such as trance, reggae, western classical, blues, techno and jazz are immensely popular amongst the Goans. The Goan culture also has some elements of Portuguese fused into it, owing to the erstwhile Portuguese rule in the region. Thus, the Goan culture is an amazing kaleidoscope of diversity.
Traditional Dresses of Goa
The pristine and romantic beaches of Goa are immensely popular among the domestic as well as international tourists. The fusion of the eastern and western culture is aptly reflected in the dressing style of the Goans. The various dresses of the Goans are as follows:
o Nav-Vari – A 9 yard saree, which is worn along with attractive accessories.
o Pano Bhaju- A traditional dress worn by women
o Valkal- A string of beads and leafy loincloths , which is still prevalent in the tribal life
o Kashti- A traditional attire worn by the Dhangar, Gauda, Kunbi, Velip and Zalmi tribes along with Kunbi Palloo or the tied knot and saree.
o The fishermen of Koli wear brightly colored shirts, half pants and bamboo hats. This dress has become very popular as a signature Goa dress and is worn by numerous tourists.
o The Goa Carnival is very popular for the colorful exhibition of dresses it showcases. The vividly colored costumes and props, which are based on theme are very famous.