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Igitun Chalne celebrated in May, is a religious festival in the northern district of Goa in the temple of Sirigao, which is located in Bicholim Taluka. Also known as the “fire walk” festival, it attracts onlookers and tourists to experience the festival in huge numbers each year. Devotees walk on hot coals in commemoration of the goddess Lairaya. It is done to showcase true and complete devotion to the goddess. This extreme act of bravery brings many people together in awe of the festival. Over the years, Igitun Chalne has become increasingly popular to outsiders, and it has become a hub for culture, tradition and education to the people of Goa, and outsiders too. The entire act of walking on hot coals is followed by a whole night of merrymaking and is spent in happiness. The festival attracts many onlookers and observes each year as it gives a unique form of devotion while being a sacred and holy night for Goans.
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