Shigmo parade is a street festival where vibrant colours and irresistible celebrations lift the spirits of the entire state. In true meaning, it depicts the life of a Goan in elaborate traditional folk dances like Ghode Modni and Fugdi are performed on streets in massive troupes along the procession, showcasing the tradition of Goa.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. It is linked to the Hindu lunar calendar; hence its date according to the Gregorian calendar varies. It is also celebrated by Konkani diaspora and Indian festival of Holi is part of it.Dhakto Shigmo begins some five days before the full-moon day of the Indian lunar month of Phalguna and ends on the full-moon day in the Old Conquests areas of Goa.Traditionally it was celebrated as spring’s biggest festival which honoured 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.Recently the Governor of Goa, Mridula Sinha held a meeting with the Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma in New Delhi. Both sides discussed issues related to promotion of culture and tourism in the country.Mridula Sinha said that the slogan of Athithi Devo Bhava should be reflected in every walk of life and all steps should be taken to make the tourist comfortable. She also proposed that a global University of Tourism should be set up which will function as a world class institution to give education about tourism industry as well as allied services industry sector.Dr Mahesh Sharma appreciated the efforts of the Goa Government to promote tourism in the State. He assured all assistance to the Government of Goa to promote tourism in the State.
Goa Tourism to host Shigmo Festival in Goa during Phalguna