Dhakti and Vhadli Deepavali in Goa

26 Nov

Each festival in Goa is  uniquely colourful.here people follow most od our traditions and there are some special ones which are unknown to many.

 Naraka Chaturdashi is called Dhakti(small ) Deepawali.Though it is celebrated on a large scale…. The previous night huge Narkasurs are burnt in most streets.Cultural organisations hold narkasur making contests.The tradition of going around to people’s houses to greet is quite common everywhere. The  snacks that are made here during this time is very traditional. reddish avalakki   is used for several preparations called Fauv.Sweet Fauv is accompanied by savoury ones served with Ambat chutney.

In the morning   after the aarti  all the family members stamp a bitter fruit symbolising the end of evil.

Crackers are not limited to Deepawali here. A lot more crackers are burnt during Ganeshotsav.

Tulsi Lagna is called Vhadli (big) Deepawali.A branch of a tree is kept along with Tulsi in the vrindavana which are freshly painted and a bhatji (priest ) comes to solemnise  the divine wedding.   An antarpata is used and a grand feast follows.

Though I have lived here for many years, I don’t have much knowledge about these traditions. The local paper has started publishing these tidbits this year.I thought I must share this on my blog.

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2 Responses to “Dhakti and Vhadli Deepavali in Goa”

  1. Srik December 20, 2007 at 11:26 am #

    Very nice tradition. Tulsi Lagna is Uttana Dwadashi isnt it?
    Fauv seems pretty good, Every place in India has its own tradition!!

    Long live old India….as long as possible….LAGE RAHO 🙂

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. neela December 20, 2007 at 1:55 pm #

    Right,Tulsi lagna is U dwadasi.
    But what surprised me is that Goans celebrate that as Vhadli deepawali..that is dodda deepawali !!

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