Celebrating Diwali in Goa

FEATURED Updated on Nov 10, 2023 by Stacey Parsons

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Happening on 12th November 2023, India lights up for Diwali; one of the most famous festivals on the Hindu calendar.

One of the most important and well-known Hindu festivals, Diwali literally means ‘rows of lighted lamps’. An event in which people come together to celebrate good conquering evil, or perhaps more aptly, light conquering darkness; over a period of five days, family feasts, fireworks, candles and bright lights take over, along with prayers to the Goddess of Wealth, Lakshmi.

Image credit: harpreet singh | Flickr Creative Commons


When is Diwali?

Taking place in the autumn months somewhere between October and November, the date each year is determined by the Hindu lunar calendar, coinciding with the darkest new moon night. In 2023, Diwali falls on 12th November.

Diwali in Goa

There are several legends which surround Diwali, and in Goa, the locals celebrate the God Krishna, who defeated the demon Narkasur. During Diwali, it’s a common theme to see large figures of this demon parading the streets, some of which are then filled with fireworks to signify light triumphing over darkness. Some of these large effigies are made using straw and paper and are burnt at dawn in the villages. Gifts of sweets and food are given, and locals decorate their houses with bright lights and create colourful patterns (Rangoli) on the floor using coloured powder and rice, which are thought to bring good luck.

Rangoli. Image credit: Dinesh Korgaokar | Wikimedia Creative Commons


Making the most of the Diwali celebrations

Being in Goa during Diwali is an incredible experience, and we highly recommend a stay at the Taj Exotica during this time. The hotel often holds celebrations, including magnificent fireworks displays to mark this important festival. 

You can also find plenty of other holidays in November on our website, should you fancy something a bit different. 

Above photos: Taj Exotica


If you'd like to know more about some of the festivals and events that take place in Goa, visit our guide page. Or if you want to visit Goa during the Diwali celebrations, take a look at our latest winter offers, here.

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