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Events in Goa

The Goa government on Tuesday revised the standard operating procedures related to the Ganesh festival celebrations in the state, to cater to the public sentiment. As per reports, the administration has withdrawn all norms issued to stop people from inviting the priests home, during the festival. People are now also allowed to invite guests to their house even if a family member is COVID positive. All regular precautionary protocols are valid and will be enforced during the course of the 10-day festival.

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The Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) on Monday, issued fresh guidelines ahead of the widespread celebrations of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Goa. These norms have been designed to break the chain of COVID-19 spread, with special attention towards controlling pollution. Reportedly, the order will be imposed with strictness here, where defaulters may have to pay hefty fines for breaking protocols. Read along to know about the prescribed guidelines:

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An artistic display depicting the history of Goa through a medley of artistic works, the Museum of Goa is one of the largest contemporary art spaces of the state. Open to the public since 2015, this museum has been telling Goan stories in a novel and playful manner, through various events such as music concerts, open art classes, workshops, exhibitions and much more. So whenever in this locale, don't miss out on this unique opportunity of knowing the history of the sunshine state at MOG!

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Goa stands on its own two feet when it comes to art and craft and it is a pilgrimage spot for the devotees of sun, sand and mouthwatering seafood! So amalgamating all these elements, Goa is presently hosting the 28th edition of Hunar Haat, which is an effort to bring forward the rich traditions and artistries of India at one platform. Promoting the idea of #VocalforLocal, Hunar Haat is one such event that you cannot afford to miss!

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While nothing sounds as alluring as the ebbing waves of Goa's splendid beaches, you've got to go beyond the clear skies and salty air when here. And now, that won't be a task at all! Curti in Ponda is hosting the first-ever Grape Festival and you are invited to be a part of this one-of-a-kind fiesta. So join in the festive frolic ASAP which clocks an end by March 25, 2021.

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Delighting all lovers of heritage things in Goa, the capital city of Panaji witnessed an attractive display of vintage cars and other exemplary vehicles that have been preserved through multiple decades. Organised by Goa Vintage and Classic Vehicles Club on March 21, this event brought together a fleet of more than 50 vintage, classic and Indian heritage cars. Starting from Adil Shah Palace in Panaji, the car drive progressed to Rauraje Deshprabhu Royal Palace in Pernem.

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Ushering in a wave of thrill and joy for all football lovers in Goa, Fatorda Stadium in Margao will be a witness to Group E matches of the champions league, being conducted by the Asian Football Confederation. This group includes FC Goa which is India's first football club to directly enter into the group stage of the prestigious intra-continental championship after beating domestic teams and securing the top spot in the Indian Super League.

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If the modern escapades of Goa leave you thrilled, the bountiful cultural heritage of this coastal state will definitely take you by surprise! One amongst these is the annual festival 'Kelyanchi Zantra', which began this year on March 3 and will go on till March 9. The festival transforms the Khobrawaddo village into a bouquet of myriad varieties of bananas. Observed each year at the famous Babreshwar Temple in Calangute, the Banana Festival is simply unique in all its ways!

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The first of its kind Northeast7s Football Tour, Goa' 2021, has been scheduled to give all of us a thrilling league opener on April 19, 2021, at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim. This event has been conceptualised by Jessica Snock as the flagship league and will popularise the art of Northeast India while also promoting sports tourism, setting an example of unity in diversity. While Snock holds the title of Mrs United Nations Universe 2019 and is the Ambassador of the United Nations Peace Keeping Forces Council - UNPKF- she has devised the link between Goa and Northeast football, to bring the region of 7 sisters to the mainstream.

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With a recent announcement on Monday, IndiGo has made provisions to serve customized Goan meals on some of its flights to symbolise the upcoming state carnival, slated from February 13 till 16. However, the meals have to be pre-booked and they will be available for passengers on flights bound from Dabolim International Airport to four major cities across the country. This special meal facility will be provided to the air travellers, from February 12 to 17.

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The glitter and pomp of Goa's Christmas may not shine as bright as usual in the backdrop of the volatile COVID-19 pandemic as the state Archbishop urges local churches to hold low-key celebrations during the festive season. This decision will have a direct impact on the tourism activity in the state, which floats at its trough during the Yuletide season.

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