Shigmo Festival in Goa: The Beginning

The 14 days of Shigmo, Goa's Holi festival, start off with much pomp and splendour!

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Goa's own Holi Festival

Shigmo Festival is widely celebrated in Goa across 14 days during the onset of spring. While the core legend of Holika and the defeat of evil is celebrated, this festival also honours the victory of Maratha warriors.

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From floats to folk dances to even firewalking, learn about the granduer of the two week long Shigmo celebrations right from a local!

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On the first day of Shigmo, each village performs the ritual bathing of their deity, dressing the idol in richly hued auspicious robes, offering prayers and food. The idol is carried on a palanquin with organised dances, and a large feast is held for the villagers.

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Dressing for Shigmo

A common attire seen during the festival is the traditional saffron turban called the fettha.

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The Music of Shigmo

Those participating in the processions first gather in the prayer halls and practice playing the dhol tashe...

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...a type of drum particular to folk festivities and prayers. Here we see it worn by the shoulder, or placed on a stand. The beats resound through the length of the streets. 

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The village children also join in the fun by practicing to playing their own dhol tashe.

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Naman - Prayer Service

The festival is then officially kicked off with naman, a service of prayers and songs revering the local deity.

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Villagers set out to dressed in colourful attires carrying colourful flags called dhwajas, accompanied by drums, officially kicking off the festivities!

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Dive deeper into the folk dances of Shigmo and the grand processions

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