[A post from 2010 on the occasion of Diwali & Narakasur]\nGoa. Narakasur. Pre-Diwali.\nA unique folk festival that I noticed for the first time in 2004\u00a0 then became more and more tuned in every subsequent year.\nKrishna killed demon Narakasura on this pre-Diwali night and Hindus in Goa (and some other parts of southern India) re-enact the scene by building straw Narakasuras and then burning them down amidst celebrations.\nHere in Goa, people in every neighbourhood build their very own Narakasura for this festival. In the city, a straw demon can be spotted at approximately every 100 meters and in the village at every 500m.\nConstructing these two storey tall straw men is not easy \u2013 and takes about 10 days of effort. Materials have to be gathered, the design needs to be worked out creatively and finally the actual construction needs to be implemented. People of all ages work on the construction \u2013 with the older people providing guidance and experience,\u00a0 the youth carrying the responsibility and the kids being given the fun and easy tasks. The women of the house provide the flow of festive snacks and the motivation.\nThree days before Diwali, I invited myself to the group that was building one in my neighbourhood, and helped in gluing and painting their work of art. We\u2019d begin working after dinner sitting in the compound, amidst newspapers, music and finger foods and continue past midnight.\u00a0 In the rush to get the demon standing upright on the last night, we hardly slept \u2013 since the evil demon that we had just created had to be vanquished at 4am.\nA photo-journey through the amazing state of Goa during Narakasura season\u2026\n\nHay, sticks, paper, metal, clothes, glue and firecrackers go into building these.\n\n\n\nEvery corner is crowded with groups of young people \u2013 some planning and building the Naraksura, others just enjoying the festive spirit.\n\nThe final product\u2026creative colors, creative masks an creative situational elements!\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nAlthough the roots are religious, everyone participates in this festival, and the group that took me in and allowed me to join into their fun activity was an all-catholic bunch of teenagers.\n\n\n\nThe final moments \u2013 setting the demon on fire\u2026\n\n\nPre dawn burning\u2026\n\n\nThe end of one more energising festival that bonds the community closer. The build up for weeks leading to the final spectacular climax\u2026..through teamwork and positive soul fulfilling positive spirits!\nWhat a festival, what a place!!\njm\nphotos from 2008 (pre-SLR)\n\nThe post The Narakasura Festival, Goa appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.