Shigmo Festival

Location - Shigmo festival is celebrated throughout Goa.

Highlights - Colourful processions, grand feasting and merry making.

Duration - Shigmo festival lasts for almost a fortnight.

Time of Celebration - Shigmo festival is celebrated around March every year (dates vary according to the Hindu calendar).

Attractions of Shigmo Festival

Shigmo Festival or Shigmotsava in Goa is one of the most celebrated events with grand five-day festival of colours and is also considered as the spring festival of Goa. It is celebrated throughout Goa in a grand manner in the month of March (Falgun), the dates vary according to the Hindu calendar that is based on lunar cycles. The Shigmo festival starts with the appearance of the moon on the ninth day and ends on the full moon day. The Shigmo festival in Goa lasts almost a fortnight and is celebrated with much joy and fervor among the Goans. The Shigmo festival is similar to the festival known as Holi that is celebrated in North India. People enjoy this festival by playing with coloured powder and water with friends and relatives. During Shigmo festival ripening of the winter crop is also included as a reason for the festivities. During Shigmo festival days most of the Goan stop eating non-vegetarian food and avoid all kind of intoxicants.

It is celebrated just before the Catholic time period of lent during which fasting and abstinence from alcohol and other vices is observed. Since the period of lent lasts almost a month, the Shigmo festival is celebrated to indulge in merry making "one last time". During Shigmo festival famous temple processions are carried out with traditional Goan dances and modern floats. People celebrate by throwing powder colour (Gulal) and dance with God and Goddess umbrellas and “Dindis”. Shigmo festival celebrations are well organized in different cities of Goa and processions are carried out to attract tourists. People are rewarded for best performance in the procession and best float decorators.

Large fairs are also organized at various places in Goa. Many small communities and groups of people come together and prepare colourful tableaux. They dress up as colourful characters and take part in the processions actively with much enthusiasm. Most of these tableaux are based on mythology and many popular legends. Some tableaux also depict important happenings depicted in the holy epics. It is basically a time to enjoy to the hilt and indulge in true festive spirit of Goa.