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Guga-Navami

Guga-Navami In Punjab Nag-Panchami is popularly known as "Guga-Navami". The occassion is observed by devout Punjabi women. In every village in Punjab, a huge snake is shaped from dough, which is kneaded from the contribution of flour and butter from every household. Thereupon, the dough-snake is placed on a sifting basket and carried round the village in a colourful procession. Everyone joins in the celebrations. The women and children sing and dance while onlookers shower flowers on the dough-deity. When the procession reaches the main square of the village, all the religious rites are performed to invoke the blessings of the snake god. The celebrations end with the ceremonious burial of the dough snake. http://www.theholidayspot.com/nag_panchami/celebration_of_nag_panchami.htm
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