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Shigmo Festival

A farewell to the winter, Shigmo is the festival of colors celebrated throughout Goa. This annual festival is held in the month of March and lasts for one week. This festival is specially celebrated in Panaji, Mapusa, Vasco da Gama and Margao.

Various cultural programs are held, which charges the exhilaration of the people. Many entertainers from different parts of Goa and fire throwers from Kerala participate in this festival.

Rombat is a part of this festival. It takes place on the second and third day of the festival. Rombat is a parade of young men dressed in traditional costumes carrying banners and umbrellas. The procession is accompanied by a series of Kunbi dances, performed by the Kunbi tribe.

Ghodemodni is a parade of horse riders. This parade can be seen only in the taluks of Fatorpa and Bicholim. To symbolically represent the arrival of spring, young boys sway green twigs. The procession culminates in a line of illuminated floats representing the important deities.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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