Fishermen celebrate 'Nariyal Purnima' in Maharashtra

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Mumbai, Aug 16 (UNI) The fisherfolk from various parts of the city and neighbouring Thane district today celebrated 'Nariyali Purnima' festival with traditional fervour and gaiety.

Fishermen or 'Kolis', as they are locally known, offered coconuts and other material to the rough Arabian Sea in a bid to appease it before resuming the fishing activity, praying Lord Varuna (the God of the Sea) for a good catch in the next season as their livelihood depends on it. Incidentally, the fishermen celebrate this festival on the day of Raksha Bandhan.

During the monsoon, the fishermen avoid venturing into the high seas as the Sea is very choppy and dangerous. Also, it is a breeding season for the fish, who lay their eggs near the seashore.

The fishermen and the womenfolk were seen dancing merrily to the music and songs and wished each other a very good season ahead.

Naresh Gamji, a fisherman from suburban Versova, said, ''We venture into the high seas after three months. Today is a big day for us and we decorate our boats and offer prayers to the fishing nets and the boats.'' 'Nariyal Purnima' is celebrated on a full moon day in the month of Shravan as per Hindu calendar. Today, being the lunar eclipse, they celebrated it during the day instead of evening, as is the norm.

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