2005-10-31 22:10:43 UTC
Noise restriction rules to two hours after 10 p.m.
only on special ocassions not exceeding 15 in a year
the "Narakasur" event of burning of the effigy of a
demon competion got underway at 1700 hrs in the State.
Unlike last year where unprecedented showers played
spoil sport this time by 2100 hrs.
In Panaji and Margao this writer took a tour of the
works underway in the evening,where a number of
enthusiastic youth were seen making paper cane and
metal fabricated narkasuras with some electronic
gadgets in place to ensure hand and leg movement.
others were practing the monotonous beat of a rattle
that accompanies the dance of the demon effigy.
In Margao the Solid Party organised the competition
and also promoted a quiz competition amongst the
audience on mythology but there were not much takers.
Most of the effigies will later be burnt exactly at 12
p.m. and the next day will usher in the festival of
lights. In Goa unlike during Ganesh Chaturti where
the display of fireworks far excels that during Diwali
this year with a demographic change in population seen
with non Goans in almost every town and city the
Narkasur celebrations have turned into a major
activity, alongwith a cultural orchestra. North
Indians were enthusiastic in most places, Dipawali
lanterns adorned most of the shops and houses in
Housing societies and lanes, Sweet meat stalls which
now almost run parallel to number of bars under a
heavy sweet meat selling lobby which even succeeded in
getting tax reduction under VAT from the Goa
Government reported thus far heavy business. Indian
tourists are pouiring into the state with special
trains and buses running packed beyond capacity. Goa
the El Dorado of many Indians the sun sea and perhaps
booze beckons many a traveller during this time of the
year. Gujaratis account for the maximum family type
This writer wishes each and every won HAPPY DIWALI and
may the festival of lights bring cheer into our lives
all year round
From the Margao Municpal Festivity venueGODFREY J I GONSALVES
Borda Margao Goa
gonsalvesgodfreyji at yahoo.co.in