GOA is up and ready to hail in the 14 day long Shigmo festival also known as Shigmotsav from 7th March- 20th March, 2016. The festival resembling Holi is to celebrate the coming of Spring.
What is Shigmo festival about?
Shigmo parade is a street festival filled with colors, music, dance and float parade. The life of a Goan is depicted in elaborate folk performances by local men and women who dance tirelessly in huge processions along with the parade.
History of Shigmo Festival
Traditionally Shigmo Festival 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 enactment of mythological scenes is the major highlight of this parade.
Highlights of Shigmo Festival
People in Goa dress up in colorful outfits, holding multi colored flags and playing large musical instruments like the Dhol Tasha and flutes in processions across the cities. The mesmerizing larger-than-life celebration brings fantasy and folk to form a fusion in the floats that parade through the streets.
Ghode Modni and Fugdi Dance Performances
Traditional folk dances like Ghode Modni and Fugdi are performed on streets in massive troupes along the procession, showcasing the tradition of Goa. The shimmering floats with extensive lighting and sound effects move along with the parade gripping the attention of a huge crowd that alights the streets of Goa. The streets are dotted with Goa’s choicest delicacies.
Schedule of Shigmo Festival
The float parade is organized across 14 different parts of Goa. The Shigmo Float Parade 2015 will be celebrated as per the following schedule:
How to Set Foot in Goa
By Air: Goa International airport is located at Dabolim, 30 kms away from Panjim. Multiple domestic airlines provide daily flights from major cities such as Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune, Chennai, Jaipur, Ahmedabad. Most international flights to Goa arrive via Mumbai. In case your hotel offers free pickups, you don’t need to worry about commute from the airport. Otherwise, pre-paid taxi is generally a good option.
By Train: Goa has six railway stations. Most people usually get down at Madgaon or Vasco-da-Gama in South Goa and Thivim in North Goa. The train ride to Goa is worth the journey just for the view. The picturesque scenery of the Konkan region makes for an amazing sight. Train is also the cheapest option apart from being fast and comfortable.
By Bus: Several luxury and budget buses run from major cities such as Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, New Delhi to Goa. State run bus service, Kadamba Transport is also a good option. Other state bus services from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh also have daily buses going to Goa. Various private players also run buses connecting many cities to Goa. For comfortable rides, super deluxe AC and Volvo buses would be the better options. These would generally cost between Rs 1500 Rs 2500 depending on the distance and type of bus.
By Car: A road trip to Goa is also a great option. Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune are some popular places people drive down from. There are three national highways which pass through the state NH 4A, NH 17, NH 17A. The roads are good and the view is amazing, making the drive worth it. You can hire a cab or if you are going in a group with multiple experienced drivers, you can take your own car. Apart from the fuel/cab charges, you will have to pay the toll tax.
Apart from enjoying the festival, you can also visit popular destinations in Goa spread over the 14 days.