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Narali Purnima

Narali Purnima
Aug 2009 (annual)
Narali Purnima (or Coconut Day) takes over the Maharashtra coast each year. The ceremonies focus on offering coconuts to the sea-god Varuna (better known to westerners as the somewhat-maligned Uranus), who protects those who sail upon his waters.
This festival comes at the tail end of the monsoons in Maharashtra and offering coconuts to the sea is a sign that the monsoons are over. It also marks the advent of the new fishing season and fishermen appease the sea-god before sailing out in their decorated boats. A prayer is made to the sea-god that he may allow fishermen to go to sea and fish again safely.

This festival coincides with that of Raksha Bandhan.
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