- February 21, 2021
- Posted by: Planet Goa Team
- Category: Talk of the Town - Get The Latest Updates In Goa
The Shigmo festival of Goa is full of music, dancing, colours, and floats. It is also known as the spring festival or the festival of colours for the people of Goa. Years before, this festival was celebrated in honour of warriors who came back home after Dussehra. Locals dress up in costumes, play traditional Indian instruments, and perform folk dances. This year, Shigmo is to be celebrated at Ponda, Margao, and Panaji.
After the carnival, it was decided that the Shigmo parade should happen as well. This year it will only be in Ponda, Panjim, and Mapusa. “Due to Covid, we have decided to restrict the celebration to three towns. I appeal to people to be part of Shigmo but to take precautions. Wearing masks and maintaining social distancing will be a must,” Tourism minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said.
The Shigmo parades in Panaji and Mapusa will be on April 3 and 4. The Ponda parade date will be decided later. As per tradition, the festival begins with the Ponda parade. The government sponsors this festival.