Goa is all set to host one of its major festivals Shigmo Festival 2021. Reportedly, the state has already begun the festivities concerning the festival. Considered as one of the most vibrant, spirited and exhilarating celebrations of the spring season, Shigmo Festival is an auspicious Hindu festival and one of the major spring festivals.
Celebrated by one and all, Shigmo Festival spans five days and also involves the Holi celebrations. The festivities are filled with exuberance and features traditional performances by the local folk groups. Depicting fables from the Hindu Mythology, the dance performances are a major highlight of this festival.
Shigmo Festival 2021
After a strenuous year due to COVID-19, the people of Goa heaved a sigh of relief when the Goa state government decided to host the Shigmo Festival this year. However, the Shigmo celebrations will be limited to only three cities of Goa, i.e. Ponda, Panaji and Mapusa.
According to reports, the parades of the festival will be held on 3rd April and 4th April in Panaji and Mapusa. Generally, the festivities commence with the Ponda parade, but as of now the dates for the same have not been decided. As stated by the Tourism Minister of Goa, once again the festival will begin with the Ponda parade, only the dates are not decided yet.
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About Shigmo Festival of Goa
Shigmo festival is one of the most loved festivals of Goa and is highly popular amongst tourists. Both, domestic and international tourists enthusiastically partake in the festivities of the Shigmo celebration in Goa.
Traditionally celebrated by the Konkani diaspora, the Shigmo festival is a major spring festival celebrated by all, in the state of Goa. Celebrated with immense zeal and enthusiasm, there are two variants comprising the festival. Dhakto Shigmo or popularly known as the small Shigmo is mainly celebrated by the rural population and Vhadlo Shigmo i.e. the big Shigmo is celebrated by everyone.
Even though due to the COVID-19 situation the festivities will be limited to only three cities of Goa, still the festival will be conducted with the usual zest and high spirits. The Tourism Minister of the state has made an appeal to the people to take all the necessary precautions and maintain social distancing. It is to be noted that wearing masks is mandatory.
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