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Shigmo

Date: 26 March 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

Shigmo festival and its celebration will be cut down drastically as Covid cases are increasing in the state of Goa.

 

Background

Shigmo is a festival full of colour, song and dance that has central presence in Goan culture and traditions.

 

Details

  • Shigmo is a celebration to mark a ‘rich, golden harvest of paddy’ by the tribal communities of Goa.

  • Various communities such as the Kunbis, Gawdas and Velips celebrate the festival to mark the onset of spring.

  • Shigmo celebrations are held over a fortnight in the months of Phalgun-Chaitra of the Hindu calendar that falls in March-April every year.

 

Features

  • The festival starts with Naman, where villagers invoke local deities on the village’s stage (mand).

  • Instruments such as Ghumat, Dhol, Mhadle and Tashe are played by male members to start festivities.

  • Celebrations are conducted with traditional, colourful costumes, mythological figures, faces paintings and costumes of various hues.

  • Ghodemodini (a dance of equestrian warriors), Gopha and Phugadi are some of the folk dances that are performed by communities.