Shigmo festivities to begin in Goa from March 14 – 27, 2017

14.03.2017 - 27.03.2017
Shigmo festivities to begin in Goa from March 14 – 27, 2017
Panjim, 1 March: Goa’s biggest religious Hindu festival will kick-start on March 14 and will continue in various rural parts of Goa, spanning over a fortnight, with different days earmarked for celebrations in different areas. The float parade will begin at Ponda on 14th March 2017. The city of Panaji will witness the float parade on 18th March 2017. The float parade will end in Pernem and Sanquelim on 27th March, 2017.
This year, steps are being initiated to ensure that the Shigmo parade in the capital city begins on time. It is proposed to start the parade at sharp 4:30 pm so that the parade does not drag on till mid-night and does not cause congestion and disturbance. It is also proposed to have negative marking incase of wide gaps between two floats. It is proposed that the gap should not be more than 20 meters between each tableaux or dance troupes.
All the Shigmo parade committees have been directed to discuss and finalize the Shigmo parade routes in their respective areas in consultation with the district magistrates and the police.
Thousands of tourists are expected to visit the state to witness the spectacular Shigmo parades. The Shigmo parades are known for demonstrating the essence of Goa’s favorite spring festival on the streets all across the state.
The Shigmo parade schedule is as follows:

City Date
Panjim March 18
Margao March 19
Curchorem March 20
Dharbandora and Sanquelim March 21
Quepem March 22
Cuncolim March 23
Sanguem and Shiroda March 24
Canacona and Tivim March 25
Mapusa March 26
Pernem and Valpoi March 27
Some history about Shigmotsav:

Shigmo parade is a religious Hindu festival filled with colors, music, dance and floats.Iit depicts the life of a Goan in elaborate traditional folk dances like Ghode Modni and Fugdi performing on streets in massive troupes along the procession, showcasing the tradition of Goa.  The streets of Goa during Shigmotsav are lit up with attractive décor, lively parades, music and dance performances. 
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. 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. 
The parade begins with a bang when the people of Goa dress up in colourful outfits, holding multi coloured flags and playing large musical instruments like the Dhol Tasha and flutes in processions across the cities.