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Narali Purnima Celebration
The festival of Narali Purnima is mostly celebrated by the people belonging to the community of fishermen. The festival which is celebrated mostly in the Indian states of Maharashtra and Kerala is dedicated to the water god, Varun Dev. The day, day which falls on the full moon day in the month of Shravana, is also famous by the name of Coconut Day, because coconut is the main offering during the prayers on this day.
In 2013, Narali Purnima will be celebrated on 21st August.
Significance of Narali Purnima in India
Narali Purnima is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the fishermen community as well as other people whose livelihoods depend on sea. People worship the sea god on this day and seek his blessings for a good fishing season. The various festivities are intended to appease the fury of the sea god and appeal to him to remain calm and also protect them from natural calamities. The day is also celebrated by many to mark the end of the rainy season and the start of the fishing season.
Celebrating Narali Purnima
Narali Purnima is celebrated along the coastal areas of Maharashtra and Kerala, with great enthusiasm and fervor. On this day, people assemble on the shore of the sea and offer prayers to Varun Dev. However, people who live far away from the sea assemble at a tank, pool, lake, river or any other water body in their vicinity and perform the puja in a traditional manner.
The main offering of Narial or coconut is made to the sea and this is one of the reasons for the festival being named so. It is also believed that since the coconut has three eyes, it represents lord Shiva and hence presenting it to other gods is considered highly auspicious. Traditionally, a golden coconut was presented to the sea God or left out in its waters.
The fishermen also sing and dance to appease the sea god and after the festivities go out with their boats to start fishing on this auspicious day. They also decorate their boats beautifully with various colors, flowers and leaves and garlands, to mark this special occasion. Later, they get together to end the festivities in a grand manner by taking part in various fun activities.The significance of coconut on this day is also evident in the food taken by the people on this day, which consists predominantly of coconut rice and other dishes prepared from it.
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