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Goa to host the Shigmo festival this year

GoanShigmo festival is a spring festival celebrated with a lot of fanfaronade on the full moon day on the Phalgun (March) month of the Hindu calendar. This vibrant and colourful festival draws tourists from all over the world. It is a good reason for the tourists to visit Goa to be part of the zeal and fervour exuded by this 25 year old festival of Goa, celebrated for a period of 14 days. The highlight of the festival is the meticulously crafted floats that depict the culture of Goa. The festival spans across a fortnight beginning on the 9th moon day to the full moon day and marks the end of winter and beginning of the harvest season.

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The Goa state government has now decided to go ahead with this year’s Shigmo ceremony in the state. However, unlike other occasions, this time the ceremony will be limited to Panaji, Mapusa and Ponda. It is reported that the parade in Panaji and Mapusa will take place on April 3-4, while not a single one has been decided in Ponda. Ideally, the Shigamo Festival begins with the Ponda Parade.

According to the state tourism minister, the festival will start again from Ponda, but the date for this is not yet clear.

Shigmo Festival
Shigmo Festival

Shingmo and Carnival (which concluded earlier this month) are the two main state festivals that attract a lot of tourists. Both national and international tourists participate in the festivities. According to the Tourism Minister, festivals have been limited to three cities this year due to COVID status. The minister also called on people to take precautions and maintain social distance. It is necessary to wear a mask.

Shigmo is a spring festival and an important celebration in the state. Celebrated primarily by the Konkan diaspora of Goa, it is celebrated with much pomp and show. There are two versions of the festival, one is called Dheto Shigmo or Chhota Shigmo, and the other is called Wadhlo Shigmo or Bada Shigmo. While the former is celebrated mainly by farmers and rural people, the latter is celebrated by everyone.

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