Ancient fertility festival.
In January and February every year, the Gaude community of Goa celebrates a festival of dance known as Dhalo. It is an ancient ritual with origins in the fertility cult. Although both men and women participate in the festivities, the womenfolk assume the primary role. The central theme of Dhalo revolves around a group dance to the tunes of folk ditties. Performances begin late at night and continue into the small hours of the morning. The traditional setting was outdoors typically in a village clearing but these days much of the scene has shifted to the temple lobby.
These are vignettes of Dhalo I witnessed in 2013.