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Potekar Festival at Diwar Goa

Potekar festival is celebrated at Diwar island in Goa. It is a 3 days festival before the start of Lent/ Ash Wednesday, just during the Carnival. Where local, youths wear homemade masks, costumes, Cowbells; venturing around the village, receiving/demanding snacks & drinks from locals, and they have a license to frighten the village children!


When you hear the sound of Cowbell, you come to know that Potekar is nearby and entering the village. Children use to run away as soon as they use to hear this sound.


potekar-festival-diwar-island-goa-3During this festival, there is no program as such but after these three days of Potekar festival a Mass is conducted in a church.



The main fun in this Potekar festival is to wear homemade masks, costumes, Cowbells and to frighten the village children and receive/demand snacks & drinks from locals.

Viva Potekar……

Images: Akshay Haldankar

Credit: Viraj Lotlikar

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