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Shigmo Festivities

to begin in Goa from 14th to 27th March 2017

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Goa’s biggest religious Hindu festival will kick-start on March 14th and will continue in various rural parts of Goa, spanning over a fortnight, with different days earmarked for celebrations in different areas. The float parades consisting of Chitrarath, Romtamel and Folk Dance will begin in Ponda on 14th, March 2017. The city of Panaji will witness the float parade on 18th March, 2017. The float parade will end in Pernem and Sanquelim on 27th March, 2017.

Thousands of tourists are expected to visit the state to witness the spectacular Shigmo parades. The Shigmo parades are known for demonstrating the essence of Goa’s favorite spring festival on the streets all across the state.

The parades in all of the towns will commence at 17:00 hours.

The Shigmo parade schedule is as follows:

  • 14th March in Ponda (South Goa)
  • 15th March in Vasco (South Goa)
  • 16th March in Valpoi (North Goa)
  • 17th March in Bicholim (North Goa)
  • 18th March in Panjim (Central Goa)
  • 19th March in Margao (South Goa)
  • 20th March in Curchorem (South Goa)
  • 21st March in Dharbandora (South Goa)
  • 22nd March in Quepem (South Goa)
  • 23rd March in Cuncolim (South Goa)
  • 24th March in Sanguem & Shiroda (both South Goa)
  • 25th March in Canacona (South Goa) & Thivim (North Goa)
  • 26th March in Mapusa (North Goa)
  • 27th March in Pernem & Sanquelim (a.k.a. Sankhalim) (both North Goa)
  • Some history about Shigmotsav:

    Shigmo parade is a religious Hindu festival filled with colors, 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 massive troupes along the procession, showcasing the tradition of Goa. The streets of Goa during Shigmotsav are lit up with attractive décor, lively parades, delicious Goan delicacies, and music and dance performances.

    The state government has supported public Shigmo parades consisting of traditional folk and street dancers and elaborately built 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 a bang when the people of Goa dress up in colourful outfits, holding multi coloured flags and playing large musical instruments like the Dhol Tasha and flutes in processions across the cities.

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