Diwali is one of the most colorful, sacred and loveliest festivals of the Hindus. It is celebrated every year with great joy and enthusiasm throughout the length and breadth of the country and in Goa too.
The festival of Diwali marks the happy return of lord Rama to Ayodhya after fourteen year’s exile. It is a festival of lights and festivities. It comes off about twenty days after Dussehra and shows the advent of winter.
In Goa, the entire State is decked up in lights and lanterns and fireworks light the skies after sunset.
Distribution of sweets and gifts also adds gala to the festivities in Goa. Tourists throng the State for Diwali as children get their long mid- term vacation and a lot of activities are now available for tourists to enjoy the holidays during Diwali.
Prior to this, Goa swings to the beats of the dandiya nine days before the mega Hindu festival of Dussehra. This Hindu Festival is marked by celebrations which continue for 9 Nights (Navratri) with various episodes of the Ramayana being enacted and recited with particular reference to the battle between Lord Rama and the demon king Ravana. This Festival marks the victory of good over evil. Effigies of ravana are burnt as a part of the festival.