Culture and Language


The most commonly spoken language in Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu is Gujarati.

Gujrati is largely spoken in all three districts under the union territory of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli, but apart from this, Hindi and English are also well understood and spoken by locals.


The majority of the population in Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu is Hindu, followed by Christians and Muslims.

Dadra, Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu are known for their glorious past and rich culture. Their culture is a blend of Indian and Portuguese culture (as these areas were once under the Portuguese empire’s rule/Portuguese India, and some of their influence has settled here). So, the customs, rituals and traditions of this territory’s’ people are Indian laced with some Portuguese traditions.

The union territory is home to many tribes such as: Kokna, Warli, Koli, Dhodia, Kathodi, Siddi, Naika and Dublas. Each of these tribes have their own traditions and beliefs and their practices are also a lot different from each other.

Dance and music are a big part of people’s lives in Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, and the performances during tribal festivals and fairs here are a must-see! While Dadra & Nagar Haveli district is famous for Tarpha Nach and Mask dances, Daman & Diu districts are known for their Portuguese folk dances such as Mando dance, Verdigao dance and Vira dance – these are a colourful and unique presentation with themes based on festivity, eating, singing and drinking.

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