Communal harmony:Godhra village shows it
The celebration not only cuts across the religious divide, but is also unique. For, the villagers stage a mock-fight between two teams, where the weapon of choice is `Kothi, a locally made crakcer.
Mehbub Kadri, a local, said, "We celebrate Diwali with the Hindus….The village has a unique way of celebrating Diwali. Two groups, armed with a locally made cracker, have a fight." Kothi is made by the people of local Kumbhar (potter) community. An earthen pot is filled with an explosive mix to make a Kothi, which the two groups launch at each other, he said. "Nobody is injured in this sport," Kadri claimed.
Ibhrahim Kathiya, deputy sarpanch of the village, said the celebrations were reciprocal; the Hindus visit Muslim homes on Eid, and partake of festivities.