In Goa Diwali is celebrated because of the defeat of Evil Rakshasa Narkasur by Lord Krishna. One night before the festival, competitions for who makes the scariest and biggest Narkasura’s takes place all over the state. They are paraded in a rally of Narkasuras, and the best one gets cash prizes worth lakhs of Rupees. The main celebration however begins with the destruction of Narkasura at dawn where the effigies are burnt. Sweets like ‘Neuri’s’ and ‘Ladu’s’ are distributed among neighbors. It is also a festival of lights, hence you will see a lot of kids burning fire crackers on the streets and all the houses are decked up with oil lamps and lights.

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