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About The Festival

The Shigmotsav festival is among the most popular festivals in Goa. It is quite similar to the festival of Holi which is celebrated throughout India. The festival is celebrated by the Hindus for close to two weeks. The Goan Hindu traditions are on full display during the duration of this festival. It is celebrated to mark the start of spring while bidding farewell to winter. During the many days of the festival, the Hindus usually abstain from non-vegetarian food as well as alcohol. The festival was traditionally celebrated as spring’s biggest festival. It also honoured the homecoming of the warriors who had bid farewell to their homes and families just after the end of Dusshera to fight the invaders.

 
Travel Tips

Since the festival lasts for a fortnight, tourists who want to visit Goa during this time are advised to commence with their travel arrangements at least 3 months prior. Also, staying near the areas which celebrate the festival is recommended as one can then truly enjoy everything the festival has to offer. Tourists are also advised to exercise extreme caution where their belongings are concerned especially if they decide to visit the numerous fairs and parades which are held during this period.



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Celebration

This famous Hindu festival is characterized by a good amount of colours, music, dance and floats. The festival authentically depicts the Goan culture through elaborate folk performances by local men and women who never tire when performing dance sequences in huge processions which accompany a parade.

 

The parade usually begins with much fanfare and pomp as the Goan people come out in full force, dressed in colourful outfits while holding multi coloured flags and playing large musical instruments which include the Dhol Tasha and flutes in processions across the many cities in Goa. The larger-than-life celebration add a touch of magic and fantasy while also incorporating folk to form a perfect blend which is then depicted on the floats that parade down the streets.

 

Traditional folk dances like Ghode Modni and Fugdi are performed on streets in massive troupes along the procession, showcasing the tradition of Goa. The shimmering floats with extensive lighting and sound effects move along with the parade gripping the attention of a huge crowd that aligns the streets of Goa.

 

This festival of colour and mythology gives way for the masses to come together and bring in the most colourful season, Spring. The streets of Goa during Shigmotsav are lit up with attractive décor, lively parades, delicious Goan delicacies, music and dance performances. This revelry, celebration and merriment is not something to miss out on.

 
Most Celebrated Places

The Shigmo festival is celebrated with much fervour in the capital of Goa, Panjim. However, tourists and locals from other parts of the state also descend here to join in on the celebrations. The festival is also celebrated in the other parts of Goa, including:

 

  • Ponda
  • Margao
  • Mapusa
  • Bicholim
  • Vasco da Gama and Thivim
  • Sanguem
  • Cuncolim
  • Other areas in the state

 
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Time Period

The Shigmo festival is usually observed during the month of Phalguna (March) extending from the 9th moon day to the full moon day as per the Hindu calendar. The fifth day of the festival is referred to as ‘Rang Panchami’ and is usually celebrated with the use of ‘gulal’ or red powder.

From the 11th to the 15th moon day, the villagers are usually adorned in colourful outfits and take to the streets with colourful flags, beating drums and flutes while making their way to the village temples. The festival is celebrated on different days during the two-week period as decided by the various Shigmo committees (14 in total).