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Published on Apr 19, 2014
Shigmotsav is a popular festival in Goa. It is similar to the festival of Holi. The Hindus celebrate this 14 days long festival. The Goan Hindu traditions and mythology is showcased in this festival. Shigmotsav is celebrated to mark the farewell of winter. During the festival, people withdraw from non-vegetarian food and alcohol drinks.
Celebration The Shigmo or Shigmotsav festival is celebrated in the month of Phalguna (March) from the 9th moon day to full moon day as per the Hindu calendar. It is the biggest festival for the Hindus in Goa. The 5th day is called 'Rang Panchami'. This day of rejoicing is celebrated with the abundant use of 'Gulal' or red powder.
From the 11th to the 15th moon day, villagers dress up in colorful dresses and embark with a festive mood along with multi-colored flags, beating drums and blowing flutes to get together at the village temples. They dance and sing various folk songs in the temple court yard to the beat of the drums.
These are interspersed with small groups that move along the route with their traditional Goan drums. The grand finale is the beautifully designed and lit floats. These floats are taken out at different locations on various days in Goa.