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  • 26 March, 2021

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Shigmotsav Festival of Goa

Shigmotsav Festival of Goa

Amid a rise in Covid-19 cases, Goa government permitted the celebrations of the Shigmotsav Festival. Questions are being raised over the scale of celebrations of the festival in Goa.

About Shigmotsav Festival:

  • Shigmotsav festival also known as Shigmo is a spring festival celebrated in the state of Goa.
  • The festival is the celebration of a rich, golden harvest of paddy by the tribal communities of Goa.
  • Agricultural communities including the Kunbis, Gawdas and Velips celebrate the festival.

Key Features of the Shigmotsav Festival:

  • The festival begins with ‘Naman’. It means the invocation of the local folk deities on the village stage or the village ‘maand’.
  • The percussion instruments like the Ghumat, Dhol, Mhadle and Tashe are used by the male folk. This is called the ‘romta mell’.
  • Many dances are performed by the participating communities. This includes Folk dances like Ghode Modni (a dance of equestrian(horse riding) warriors), Gopha and Phugadi, etc.

Source: IE


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