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Hindu Festivals

With the majority of the population being Hindu, Goa has scores of festivals celebrated all around the year. The festivals are celebrated through out the year. All these festivals do not occur on fixed dates of the caldendar year, since they are based on the Hindu calendar.

Despite the long period of Portuguese colonisation, the Hindu festivals have retained their unique Goan character and are celebrated with deep fervour. Most of the Goan festivals are Jatras (feasts) of the local or family deity celebrated at the temple, called Devasthan. There is gala affair in the temple complex with thousands of devotees taking part in the colorful celebrations and the palakhi or palanquin procession.

Ganesh Chaturthi, undoubtedly, is the ‘numero uno’ festival of Goa. Other festivals like Dussehra, Diwali and Holi are the same as those celebrated around India but with the characterstic Goan flavour. The Goan Hindu community mainly celebrates Ganesh Chathurti, Gudi Padwa, Diwali, Dassra (Dussehra), Holi, Rakshabandhan, Ramnavmi and Krishnajanmashtami.

The long period of Portuguese colonisation, has given unique Goan character to the Hindu festivals and are celebrated in distinctive and stylish elegance.


Ananta Chaturdashi Ananta Chaturdashi
Anant Chaturdashi or the preceding the full moon day of Bhadrapad, ten days after Ganesh Chaturthi , ends one phase of the chaturmaas festive season.
Dhalo Dhalo
Dhalo is a dance form performed by kunbis, Bhandari, Naik, Gabit and Gaudi communities. Legend tells us that radha used to sing love songs (dhalos) to Krishna. In the beginning the dhalos referred only to the love of Krishna and Radha.
Dhindi Dhindi
Another important festival of the Goan Hindu community is the dhindi.The most famous is the one celebrated at Margao at Shri Hari Mandir.It is being celebrated since 1909.
Diwali Diwali
Diwali or the festival of lights is an important festival of the Hindu Goans, second only to ganesh Festival. It falls on the last day of the dark half of Kartik.It is an occasion in honor of Ramas victory over Ravana of truth.
Dussehra Dussehra
Dussehra or vijaya Dashmi is a popular Hindu festival, celebrated with enthusiasm all over India. It is observed on the tenth day of the bright half of Ashvin.
Fatorpa Zatra Fatorpa Zatra
One of the most famous zatras of Goa is celebrated at the temple of shantadurga Kuncolienkarinat Fatorpa in quepem taluka.
Ganesh Chaturthi Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh or Vinayak Chaturti is the most popular Hindu festival in Goa, celebrated as a birthday of lord Ganesh, the elephant headed God.Ganesh is the God of wisdom, learning, prudence, success, good luck and power.
Hanuman Jayanti Hanuman Jayanti
The day is celebrated as the birthday of hanuman the ape commander of the forces of Rama.Hanuman is considered to be one of the greatest embodiments of strength, speed, agility, learning and selfless service and devotion to lord rama.
Janamashtami Janamashtami
The janamashtami celebrations start right from the early morning with bath is sacred waters and prayers, but the climax reaches at midnight with the rising of the moon which marks the divine birth.
Kojagiri Poornima Kojagiri Poornima
The annual festival of Kojagiri Poornima is celebrated at Shree Bhagwati Devasthan of Pernem. Traditionally Dussehra is celebrated to honor the goddess Laxmi, Durga and Saraswati.it is also regarded as a celebration of victory of Lord Rama over the ten headed demon, Ravana.
Maha Shivratri Maha Shivratri
Shivratri is observed as a festival as well as a vow. It means the Night of Shiva and falls on Shiva Chaturdashi of Phalgun that is on the fourteenth day of the dark half of Phalgun (February-March).
Nag Panchami Nag Panchami
Nag Panchami is an important festival of the Hindus. Since Vedic times it is celebrated on the fifth day of the moonlight-fortnight in the Hindu month of Shravan (July-August).
Ram Navami Ram Navami
Ram Navami is celebrated as the birth day of Lord Rama, and is a major Hindu festival, celebrated all over the country by Hindus. The birthday of Rama is observed on the night of the of the light half of the month Chetra ( March April ).
Saptah Saptah
Many temples have an annual festival of Bhajans in honour of their deities. They may be for one or more days. When it is conducted for seven days it is called Saptah.
Shigmo Shigmo
Shigmo is a festival of music and dance. It is essentially a festival of farmers, who celebrate the arrival of fresh crops in their households. It is a secular festival, however celebrated in the vicinity of a temple.
Shirgao Zatra Shirgao Zatra
One of the most important and interesting zatras of Goa is the sirigao zatra, held annually in the month of April or may in the mining village of sirigao.this zatra is in honor of goddess Lahirai,who is said to be one of the sisters of our Lady of Miracles of Mapusa.
Sontrio Sontrio
Shantadurga is the Goddess of the Cuncolim village in Salcete Taluka.She is a form of the classical Hindu goddess, Durga, Also known as Mahamaya and linked in myth to Kali, Parvati, and the bloodthirsty Matrakas.
Zagor Zagor
Many old traditions have remained, though they are sparsely performed in few villages. These give us an insight of the happenings in the past. One of the folk performances which have been able to continue its existence is the zagor, which is performed in the villages.Zagor, is a prayer to almighty f
Divzam Divzam
The word divzam has come from the word divzam which means four coners.It is a divli (lamp) with four pontio (wick) and one on top. All are pointed to allow to light the ponti. There is a handle to hold the divzam.Earlier they were made of clay. Nowadays they are made of brass, steel or silver.
Gulal Gulal
Gulal is a festival connected to Shigmo festival of Goa. It is celebrated in the month of Phalgun at the Shri Damodar Temple of Zambaulim, where this festival takes place. The festival begins by holding a puja of the coconut.
Navratri Navratri
Navratri Festival is regarded as one of the most holy and revered festivals of the Hindus. Lasting for a period of nine days, the festival is dedicated to Goddess Shakti. Also known as the Divine Mother, the Goddess assumes many forms.

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