All you need to know about Chikal Kalo 2024

Abigail Crasto

MUDDY AFFAIR

Did you know Goa celebrates a unique mud festival that's quite similar to Spain's famous La Tomatina fiesta?

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ROUND THE CORNER

Well, just around the corner Goa's Chikal Kalo festival is all set to drench revellers in some devotion and fun-filled mud battles.

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MUDDY & PLAYFUL

Commemorating Lord Krishna's playful nature, the annually held festival is celebrated at the Devaki Krishna temple in Marcel, North Goa.

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RITUAL AND RHYTHM

At the festival, the participants (men with oiled bodies) partake in devotional prayers, take a parikrama around the temple and dance to the beats of local instruments.

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SPIRIT OF FUN

Trampling in the muck and kicking up dirt at the festival, attendees, regardless of age, smear mud on each other. All in fun spirit.

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GOA'S RICH CULTURE

Bonding with each other and nature, attendees also indulge in some traditional games like gilli danda and build a human pyramid to break the dahi handi.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

So, experience the two-day Chikal Kalo festival that will take place at it's usual location in Marcel, starting July 16, 2024.

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