Goa is a state located in the western region of India. In terms of area, it is India’s smallest state and in terns of population it is the fourth smallest.
It is bordered by the Arabian Sea to the west, Maharashtra to the north and by Karnataka to the east and south.
Panaji is the state’s capital, while Vasco da Gama is the largest city.
Other major cities in Goa include – Margoa, Ponda, Mapusa, Old Goa, Majorda, Agonda, etc.
Renowned for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture, Goa is visited by large numbers of international and domestic tourists each year. It also has rich flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats range, which is classified as a biodiversity hotspot.
Diwali Celebrations in Goa :
Goa, one of the most visited tourist destinations in India celebrates the Diwali festival with great merriment and fanfare. But unlike in other parts of India, the festival of Diwali in Goa is mainly considered to be a one day affair and has a special Goan flavor.
In Goa, people mainly celebrate Narak Chaturdashi and on this day, huge effigies of Narkasura the demon, are made and burnt at dawn. Narak Chaturdasi is called Diwali in Goa. Every village and city in Goa holds competitions to see who can build the biggest and scariest effigy of the demon.
People also celebrate Diwali and Bhaubij but the celebrations are not not that grand as compared to the Narak Chaturdashi Day.
The night of Diwali is jeweled with millions of flickering candles and an explosion of fire works and fire crackers.
According to legends, Narkasur was a Rakshas (demon) who was terrorizing the people of this region. He used to come to the villages, capture and kill the people. Lord Krishna killed him and freed people from his terrorism. Hence people celebrate this day. They lit up their houses with ‘pontis’ and hung ‘akash divas’ above their houses.