The Konkani People are a hearty and festive people by nature.Their love for celebration is deeply rooted in their culture and it finds its expression through the various festivals celebrated throughout the year. Some of the Main Festivals celebrated in the Konkan area are: Diwali, Dassera, Gudhi Padwa, Ganesh Chaturthi, Narali poornima,RamNavami ,Shigmo, Holi, Janmashtami,Nag Panchami and Makar Sankranti.


Shigmo is a grand five-day festival of colors, celebrated distinctively in the villages, corresponding with Holi or Spring Festival. Held for one-week up to the full-moon day in March, Shigmo is universally celebrated in karwar,

Ganesh Chaturthi :

Ganesh Chaturthi is the Birthday of Lord Ganesh, the most important deity in the Konkan, and is celebrated all over konkan. Thousands return to native place for this festival, which is associated with a good harvest.

Navaratri :

Navaratri or the nine nights festival associated with Lord Rama's defeat of Ravana, demon-king of Lanka, culminates in the grand festival of Dussehra. Dussehra is celebrated by devotees of the Mother Goddess as her festival. Special celebrations for most of all Devi Temples in karwar. The Dhangar Dance is a dance of worship performed during this festival.

Deepavali :

Deepavali or Divali is the festival of lights. It is celebrated by Hindus all over the world. Deepavali is celebrated in the dark half of Ashvin, or the month of October. The day when the festival is celebrated changes slightly from year to year because it is based on the lunar calendar.

In our place we are celebrating Deepavali for three days. On first day Deepavali is celebrated to mark the killing of the evil monster, Narakasura, by Lord Krishna. Before Narakasura died, Krishna granted him his last wish, which was that the day of his death be celebrated with festivities and fun. On Deepavali day, families, adults and children alike, wake up early and prepare for the celebration. They take a bath with oil to rinse away the evil. After taking bath they come out of the house and stand in front of the main door to thrash the Katta(one type of cumber) believing that he is Narakasura.during deepavali we prepare various kinds of sweets as specially different type of phova( Beaten rice) we light big and small light diyas all around the houseand ,hang lanterns(Kandil) in front our house. Draw rangoli on our doorstep.

Second day we will worship Lakshmi, which is most consider an important part of Deepavali. Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth. Lakshmi idols are washed and decorated followed by prayer and worship, seeking blessings and prosperity. More information will be included here.Balipadya The last day of Diwali is called as Bhaubij. On this day, brother gives a gift to his sister.

Nagara panchami :

Nagara Panchami celebrates in Shravan month. On this day, People go to temples and snake pits and offer milk and silver jewelry to the Cobras to protect them from all evils.Patholi is the most important sweet dish for Nagar Panchami.

      Other festivals relate to annual worship and celebration of various temple deities at different temples spread all over karwar. These are marked by colourful palanquin processions (jatra) and known after the name of the place where it occurs. Examples include Nirakar jatra, mallikarjun jatra ,etc.

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