Goa’s biggest religious festival, Shigmo, will commence on March 14 this year and will continue in various rural parts of Goa, spanning over a fortnight, with different days earmarked for celebrations in different areas
Goa’s biggest religious festival, Shigmo, will commence on March 14 this year and will continue in various rural parts of Goa, spanning over a fortnight, with different days earmarked for celebrations in different areas. The float parade will begin at Ponda on March 14. The city of Panaji will witness the float parade on March 18. The float parade will end in Pernem and Sanquelim on March 27.
The state tourism department is expecting large tourist footfall to witness the Shigmo parades. The Shigmo parades are known for demonstrating the essence of Goa’s favourite spring festival on the streets all across the state.
Shigmo parade is a Hindu festival featuring colours, music, dance and floats. It depicts the life of a Goan in elaborate traditional folk dances like Ghode Modni and Fugdi performing on streets in troupes along the procession, showcasing the tradition of Goa. The streets of Goa during Shigmo are lit up with décor, parades, Goan delicacies, and music and dance performances.
The state government has supported public Shigmo parades consisting of traditional folk and street dancers and floats depicting scenes from regional mythology and religious scenes. Traditionally it was celebrated as spring’s biggest festival which honoured the homecoming of the warriors who had left their homes and families at the end of Dusshera to fight the invaders. Traditional folk dances and performing of mythological scenes is the major highlight of this parade.
The parade begins with the people of Goa dresses up in colourful outfits, holding multi-coloured flags and playing musical instruments like the Dhol Tasha and flutes in processions across the cities.