How Does Goa Celebrate Diwali?

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
How Does Goa Celebrate Diwali?

India is a diverse land, and every festival here is celebrated in a unique style in each state. The festive season has begun in India, and now it’s time for the biggest festival, Diwali. The festival of lights is just around the corner, and we thought of bringing Goa’s unique Diwali celebration to you. Ever wondered how India’s party capital celebrates Diwali? Well, let us take you on a virtual tour! 

This Is How Goa Celebrates Diwali

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Goa commemorates Narak Chaturdashi and Diwali by defeating the evil ruler Narakasura. In Goa, there are street parades featuring enormous representations of the demon king Narkasur. Massive representations of the devil are crafted and transported in vehicles. 

Straws, papers, and other things are used to make them. This special community celebration celebrates the triumph of good over evil. The parades go to open spaces with a lit-up figure of Narkasur.  

People wear new clothes, share sweets, exchange gifts, and light firecrackers on Diwali. These straw-and-paper figures are frequently over twenty or twenty-five feet tall. Everyone applauds as it catches fire. There are also a lot of firecrackers that pop.

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Unique Narakasura Competitions

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In large stereos, a lot of Goans play psychedelic trance music. Nightclubs host dance parties, particularly when Diwali comes on a weekend. In addition to a few foreign visitors, there are tourists from Bangalore, Mumbai, and other Indian cities. Sky lamps are suspended from trees by hotels and resorts.

The state hosts a number of Narakasura competitions, where the best effigies earn financial prizes. Some effigies have reached as high as three stories in a building. 

The effigy burning celebration takes place at 7 pm and then people head back to their houses to celebrate this festival with their family and friends at home. 

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What is Narak Chaturdashi?

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The Hindu holiday known as Narak Chaturdashi is observed on Chaturdashi, which is the fourteenth day of the Krishna Paksha of the Shalivahan Shak Hindu month of Kartik. It is also known as Narak Nivaran Chaturdashi, Roop Chaudas, Kali Chaudas, and Choti Diwali. 

Day two of the five-day Diwali celebration is here. In Hindu mythology, Krishna and Satyabhama killed the asura, or demon, Narakasur on this day. Here’s the complete story:

The demon, Narakasura, was an asura king. He had a boon from Lord Brahma that he would die only at the hands of his mother, Bhudevi. After this, he became powerful and ignored demigods and women.

Indra requested Lord Krishna to kill the demon, and Krishna arrived in the city of Narkasur. A battle ensued between the two, with Narakasura seemingly winning. 

In the middle of the battle, Narakasura hurt Krishna, which made his wife extremely angry. She killed Narakasura with Krishna’s chakra. The mother of Narakasura, Bhudevi, took on the form of Satyabhama. Since then, India has observed Narak-Chaturdashi, which falls on the day of Diwali every year.

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How is Diwali celebrated at your place?

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