SHIGMO FLOATS IN PANAJI (PIC: RAJESH GHADGE)

The celebration of Holi festival marks the beginning of the Shigmo festival in Goa. This year the celebration of colourful Holi across India will commence on the 14th March and on the same day Shigmo festivities will begin in Ponda Goa. The celebration of Shigmo in Goa always begins from Ponda, said the sources.

According to the press release of Goa Tourism, Shigmo, Goa’s biggest religious Hindu festival will kick-start on March 14 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 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.

According to the sources, every year invariably, the float parade and Dance troupe continues until midnight causing the inconvenience to the residents of Panaji. But them time to avoid the same, Shigmo committee has decided to take proper measures to ensure that the Shigmo parade in the capital city begins on time.

SHIGMO IS THE FESTIVAL OF COLOURS (SOURCE)

It has been proposed to start the parade at sharp 4:30 pm so that the parade does not drag on till midnight and does not cause congestion and disturbance to the people of the city. It is also proposed to have negative marking in case of wide gaps between two floats. It is proposed that the gap should not be more than 20 meters between each tableaux or dance troupes.

All the Shigmo parade committees have been directed to discuss and finalize the Shigmo parade routes in their respective areas in consultation with the district magistrates and the police. 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 stat   

GHODE MODNI MEANS HORSE RIDING IS A PART OF SHIGMO DANCE TROUP PIC: RAJESH GHADGE (SOURCE)

TAKE A LOOK AT THE BRIEF HISTORY BEHIND THE CELEBRATION OF SHIGMO

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, 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 honored 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 colorful outfits, holding multicoloured flags and playing large musical instruments like the Dhol Tasha and flutes in processions across the cities.

ONE OF THE DANCE TROPE IN SHIGMO (SOURCE)

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