full moon day in the month of 'Shravan' is celebrated with characteristic
fervour in different parts of Maharashtra and is known variously as 'Narali
Pournima', 'Shravani Pournima', 'Rakhi Pournima' or 'Raksha Bandhan'. 'Naral'
means 'coconut', and thus called Narali Pournmia because offerings of
coconuts are made by people to the Sea-God on this day. Sweet Coconut Rice
is special dish of this day. Narali Pournima
also marks the advent of the new fishing season and fishermen appease the
Sea-God before sailing out in their gaily-decorated boats. The festival is
a day of singing and dancing.
Raksha Bandhan is also observed on this day. Sisters tie 'Rakhis'
or beautifully decorated threads on their brothers' wrists. The ritual
renews the bond of affection between siblings and signifies the brother's
responsibility of protecting his sister all her life.
This is one of the enjoyable festivals. This is the way to celebrate the
beautiful full moon in Ashwin month. People enjoy the moonshine with
boiled, thick Milk added all types of dry fruits. People wear white clothes
& play games like antakshri on terraces or outdoors (purpose to see
full moon with beautiful sky & blinking stars). Thus people enjoy the cool air of the
month in excellent way.