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HINDU FESTIVALS IN GOA
Majority of the Goans being Hindus the Hindu festivals have a prominent role. Goa Festivals India, Goa Hindu Festivals, Goa Carnival, Festivals in Goa, Tourism in Goa, Holiday Packages India, Goa Tourism, Goa India They celebrate Ganesha Chathurthi, Diwali, Dussehra, Holi, Rakshabandhan, Rama Navami and Krishna Janmashtami festivals.
Though the Portuguese rule has been pretty long that spanned over five centuries, fervor of Hindu festivals in Goa has not abated. There are hundreds of Gods that the Goan Hindus worship.
Ganesha Chathurthi is celebrated in the months from August to September.Goa Festivals India, Goa Hindu Festivals, Goa Carnival, Festivals in Goa, Tourism in Goa, Holiday Packages India, Goa Tourism, Goa India Most Goans come home during these days to worship the elephant God. This becomes a part of the celebrations in Maharastra where the same is held with fervor.
Diwali, the festival of lights is celebrated all over India and Goa is no exception. This is linked to the epic Ramayana. Lord Rama conquered the evil Ravana and regained Ayodhya. Big effigies of Ravana or Narakasura are made and burnt before dawn during the festival.
Dussehra is celebrated before Diwali. Huge effigies of Ravana the malicious King is made and burnt at night. Goa Festivals India, Goa Hindu Festivals, Goa Carnival, Festivals in Goa, Tourism in Goa, Holiday Packages India, Goa Tourism, Goa India This is to emphasize the fall of the evil and the victory of the good.
Holi is the festival of colors. This is celebrated in all pomp in Goa. The people shower color powder on each other to mark their joy and festive mood. Children also play in water. This comes around the month of April and March. The date is fixed in reference to the Hindu calendar.
Rakshabandhan is celebrated in the month of August usually. The girls tie a colorful cord on their brother’s arms to signify they will be protected from harmful effects. Gifts are also distributed to mark love and devotion.
Ram Navami means the birth day of Lord Rama. The ninth day of waxing moon is celebrated as Ram Navami in the months March April. This also marks the beginning of the Hindu calendar year. This is thought to bring prosperity and serenity to the people. Thousands gather in Goa to celebrate this.
Krishna Janmashtami marks the birth day of Lork Krishna of the Hindu folklore. The epic say that Lord Vishnu incarnated as Lord Krishna to destroy the evil. The festival is held in the months August to September. People usually visit the temples and various games are played. Dahi handi is one such. A number of boys form a human pyramid to reach a pot of curd hung a bit high. People at night also make aarti to remind themselves of the birth of Lord Krishna.