The famous Shigmotsav festival is like a procession and is famously called Goa’s Hindu carnival. A festival to welcome spring and say bye to winters, it is celebrated over a fortnight from the 9th moon day to full moon day in March (invariably), which is known as Phalguna as per the lunar calendar, the last month for the Hindus. Apart from the seasons, the famous shigmotsav festival is also like a homecoming for the warriors who had left their homes after Dussehra, in service of the land.
Shigmotsav Festival 2018
The famous Shigmotsav festival
is Goa’s answer to Holi and apart from wearing traditional attire, people participate in various folk dance forms like hanpet (sword dance), divlyam naach (lamp dance), romta mel (one of the highlights), ghode modni (horse dance) and fugdi, among others. People practise abstinence for the goan shigmo festival that starts by paying tribute to the deities.