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Narkasur Chaturdashi Narkasur Chaturdashi

Narkasur Parades

On the eve of Diwali, the people of Goa celebrate the victory of Lord Krishna over the demon king, Narkasur. Effigies of the demon Narkasur are paraded on the streets before being burnt. This marks the commencement of the festival of light and end of evil and darkness. The festival is therefore known as Narkasur Chaturdashi. Preparations begin many days before the festivities and the young and old both engage in the painstaking job of designing and constructing the large effigies that dance in the streets on the eve of Diwali. To commemorate the occasion, competitions are organized and prizes are awarded before the effigies are reduced to ash. Narkasur parades are undertaken with pomp and fervour and are a great attraction for those who choose to spend their Diwali-time holidays in Goa.