Diwali is a five-day festival (In 2023 this is from 10th November to 14th November) of lights celebrated in India and other parts of the world. It is one of the most important holidays in the Hindu, Jain, and Sikh faiths. The festival marks the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance.
In Goa, Diwali is celebrated with a special focus on the story of Krishna's defeat of the demon Narkasur. During Diwali, large effigies of the demon are paraded through the streets and then set on fire to signify the triumph of good over evil. This event is a joyous occasion for the people of Goa, who gather to watch and celebrate.
The burning of the effigies is also a reminder of the importance of light in the darkness. Diwali is a time to come together and celebrate the good in life, and the burning of the effigies is a way of banishing evil and darkness.
In addition to the burning of the effigies, Diwali in Goa is also celebrated with other festivities. People decorate their homes with bright lights and rangolis, which are colorful patterns made of rice flour or sand. They also exchange gifts of sweets and food. Diwali is a time for family and friends to come together and enjoy each other's company.
It is a time to forget about the past and to look forward to the future. It is a time to be thankful for all that we have and to pray for a happy and prosperous year ahead.
During Diwali, large effigies of the demon
are paraded through the streets and
then set on fire to signify the triumph
of good over evil.
We celebrates Diwali by providing Diwali bags to the children each Diwali.
The Diwali bags are made from old clothes that are too big or unsutable for th children. The clothes are stitched together to create material shopping bags, which are then filled with dry goods, oil, toiletries, and other gifts. When full the bags typically weigh 7 or 8 kilograms and contain enough supplies to last the children for several weeks.
In addition to providing Diwali bags, our Children create beautiful rangolis, which are colorful patterns made of rice flour or sand. Rangoli are thought to bring good luck
Diwali is a special time for the children and families that Goa Outreach supports. The Diwali bags and other activities help to bring joy and happiness to their lives.
If you would like to support Our Diwali celebrations, you can make a donation in kind by dropping off dry goods at the centre, or donate online so we can buy the items ready dor Diwali. Your donation will help to ensure that all of the children have a happy and memorable Diwali.
Help us celebrate Diwali, we give out dry goods, oil, health care items in an upcycled material bag made from old clothes. Make a difference this Diwali by donating online, or droppig off dry goods at the centre.
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