This festival is also known as ‘Chovoth’ in Goa. This is by far the biggest Hindu festival in Goa. It is symbolized by the worship of clay idols of Lord Ganesha. It’s celebrated for a minimum two days and can go up to 21 days. The clay idols come in various sizes, and are very intricately painted. Women fast as a mark of sacrifice and offer fruits, beetle nuts, coconut, mango leaves and other ingredients. The ‘Aarti’ is carried out twice a day. At the end of the celebration the idols are immersed in water, either in the sea or wells in the hope that Lord Ganesha will return to their houses in the coming year.
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