Diwali celebrations in Goa and Konkan

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Diwali in Goa and Konkan

Diwali begins in Konkan and Goa on the day of Naraka Chaturdashi. The houses are cleaned and decorated with Kandil, lamps, mango leaves, and marigold flowers.

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Diwali in Goa and Konkan
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Diwali in Goa and Konkan

The utensils are made to shine, filled with water, and decorated for the holy bath the following morning.

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Diwali in Goa and Konkan
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Diwali in Goa and Konkan

On this day, paper-made effigies of Narakasura, filled with grass and firecrackers symbolising evil, are made.

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Diwali in Goa and Konkan
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Diwali in Goa and Konkan

These effigies are burnt at around four o'clock in the morning the following day.

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Diwali in Goa and Konkan
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Diwali in Goa and Konkan

A bitter berry called as kareet is crushed under the feet in token of killing Narkasur, symbolising evil and removal of ignorance.

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Diwali in Goa and Konkan
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Diwali in Goa and Konkan

Women wear colourful clothing and new jewellery, and their hands are decorated with henna designs.

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Diwali in Goa and Konkan
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