Dhalo is a popular ritual folk dance performed in various parts of Goa.
The performance starts with the women asking mother earth to bless their dance and ritual.
Through this dance performance, women offer prayers to their local deity.
While dancing, the singing is mainly in Konkani or Marathi. The songs are dedicated to nature and for protection of households.
Dhalo is performed at a sacred place called 'mand' where people are not allowed with footwear.
The dance is performed for five to nine days depending on when the full moon will end the festival.
Twelve to fourteen women take part in the performance. They dance in two rows with interlocked hands.
Dhalo comes to an end with a special ceremony called 'mand shimpane' in which women sprinkle water on the 'mand'.
Women wear traditional sarees and jewellery during the performance.