Goa’s famed Carnival came and went and the Christians in the state are now observing Lent. But if there’s something you need to know about India’s favorite beach state is that there is no way you can keep the festivities down for too long. And so in the coming month, Goa will get set to celebrate Shigmo, the popular Hindu festival that falls before Holi. Also Read - Question in Goa Board's Class 10 English Exam Stokes Fresh Controversy
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Shigmo festivities go on for a week and are similar to the Carnival. It is no surprise that Goa’s tourism minister is hoping that the festival will draw tourists just before the state goes into off-season mode during the summers. Goa’s tourism minister Dilip Parulekar and his department are going the whole nine yards to promote the festival not just in India but also overseas. Also Read - Coronavirus in Goa: As State Goes From 0 to 8 Cases, CM Sawant Urges Railways Not to Halt Train Here
A Hindu festival, Shigmo celebrates the onset of the new season of spring and is a riot of colors. Festivities involve music, dance and floats. Shigmo festivities begin next month and also involve impromptu street plays or khells, which are accompanied by traditional song and dance routines. Khell itself is derived from the Karnataka dance form, Yakshagana.
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In a typical Shigmo parade, groups of men dressed in colorful clothes and headgear dance alongside the ghode modni warrior dance. Womenfolk also join in the revelries performing fugdi as the floats in the parade depict typical Goan life.
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Shigmo is celebrated in all major Goan towns and village.
Goa, which attracts close to four million tourists ever year, has been expanding its branding appeal beyond being just another beach and nightlife destinations. Goa now hopes to be perceived as a destination that isn’t just eco friendly but also one where tourists can experience diverse cultures.
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