Diwali, also known as the “Festival of Lights,” is the biggest festival in India. This five-day festival marks the victory of good over evil and an occasion for prosperity and family togetherness. Diwali is about the return of Lord Ram with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman to Ayodhya. However, Diwali Celebration in Goa is all about the fall of the Demon King Narkasur.
Narkasur, a king in Goa had supernatural powers, but he was bossy and bitter. He used to loot all the belongings, antiques, wealth, and even the beautiful girls. So the people asked for help from Lord Krishna. And, Lord Krishna defeated Narkasur, killed him, and released the people. So Diwali is more popularly known as Narak Chaturdasi in Goa.
So if you are wondering to spend this year Diwali in Goa, then here are must-do experiences.
Watch Demon Narakasura Get Burned
Diwali celebrations are on the destruction of the demon Narakasura by Lord Krishna. Competitions are held in every village and city to see who can make the biggest and scariest effigy of the demon. Some are really huge! They’re burned at dawn on Narakasura Chaturdashi, the day before the main day of Diwali.
Gambling is legal and popular in Goa. But it is the most popular activity in Goa during Diwali. If you might want to try your luck during Diwali, try at Deltin, one of the top casinos in Goa. However, make sure you book your seat in advance for the casinos in Goa, as they are very popular at this month of the year.
Watch the fireworks
Some of the most spectacular display of fireworks takes place at Calangute Beach, Baga Beach or Anjuna Beach. From rockets to sky lanterns, it is all happening here in Goa. Park yourself anywhere along the coast to witness the beautiful display. Or book yourself a table at one of the many beach shacks along the stretch. Goa looks brightest during Diwali. Lanterns, fairy lights, lamps and everything that glows and shines are worth witnessing.
Visit The Temples
Temples across the tiniest state of India begin celebrations devoting their deities, a pilgrimage of an array where families return home to their villages. Zatras (Pilgrimage Festivals) are considered by processions of the deities on a special palki (palanquin), prayers, lights and lots of sweets at Goa in Diwali. These zatras will continue until the Shigmo festival which is held in the month of March.
Go Shopping At The Market
The festival of Diwali is the most popular time of year for shopping, and special Diwali markets and fairs take place all over Goa. Anjuna Flea Market holds a famous Diwali Bazaar in the lead-up to the festival. If you are interested in unique or unusual handicrafts, do not miss the Arpora Market. The Panjim Municipal Market holds a huge annual Diwali bazaar too. It takes place at Panjim, the capital of Goa. For all your Diwali decorating needs, head to Gandhi Market in South Goa. You will find an astonishing array of beautiful clay diyas and pots there. However, do be aware of China Firecrackers that reaches hazardous levels around the time of Diwali.