Why you should attend Shigmotsav Festival in Goa!

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‘Shigmo’ is a festival that is unique to the state of Goa. If you’re one who loves vibrant dancing and colours, then this festival is definitely for you! ✴️

What is Shigmo?

‘Shigmo’ marks the beginning of the spring season in India. Shigmo commences in the ‘Phalgun’ month, as per the Hindu calendar and ends on ‘Gudi Padwa’ also known as the Hindu New Year. This fourteen-day festival is marked with the beginning of Holi. Holi is the festival of colours and is celebrated with a splash of vibrant colours, music, soulful food, fun & frolic!. It also signifies the victory of good over evil. 

Goa, being a rich heritage of the Konkan culture, celebrates the Shigmo Festival in a grandeur manner. If you’re in Goa and haven’t had enough of Holi, then don’t miss out on witnessing this splendid festival, here’s why:

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It’s the best source for enhancing your mythological knowledge.

In this technical era, we often lose touch with the mythological aspect of life from which we can derive symbolisms and solutions to various hurdles we face in our everyday lives. 

Witnessing a festival like Shigmo not only takes you back in time and reminds you of the significance of celebrating festivals but it also enhances the knowledge you have by depicting plays, folk dances and a lot more. 

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The most Entertaining show!

Shigmo includes folk dances like Talgadi, Hanpet, Phugadi, Gopha and the Lamp dance.

Naman and Jot are the types of folk songs that are sung in choruses by men who are placed in a specific manner. These folk expressions can turn out to be very insightful too, in terms of the storylines. 

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Experience Dhakto Shigmo and Vhaldo Shigmo.

Dhakto Shigmo refers to the ‘small’ or ‘little’ shigmo celebration that takes place five days before the full moon day of the ‘Phalgun’ month and ends on the day of the full moon. This is generally celebrated by the farmers and the rural population. 

The Vhaldo or the ‘big’ Shigmo is celebrated not by a specific population but by the whole population. This celebration begins with offering prayers to deities in different temples. The first day is called Haldune and the second day is called Dhulvad and is marked by the exchange of Gulal or the red colour. 

Schedule for Shigmo 2020 : 

                            DATE                    PLACE
10/3/2020Ponda
11/3/2020Sanguem and Canacona
12/3/2020Quepem
13/3/2020Shiroda and Curchorem
14/3/2020Panaji
15/3/2020Margao and Bicholim
16/3/2020Mapusa
17/3/2020Sanquelim
18/3/2020Vasco and Cuncolim 
19/3/2020Pernem
24/3/2020Valpoi and Dharbandora 

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