A festival of the masses, Shigmotsav is celebrated in various parts of the country under different names and in different ways. In Goa likewise, the Shigmotsav or the Shigmo Festival is celebrated in a unique fashion which essentially spells fun and frolic. The Shimgmotsav bids farewell to winter and is celebrated on the full moon day in the Phalguna month(March), the last month of the Hindu Calendar.

Description of Shigmotsav Festival

In Goa, the festival of Shigmotsav starts with 'Naman', when the villagers offer a complete obeisance from the 9th moon day to the full moon day and abstain from any kind of non vegetarian food or intoxicants. It is from the 11th to the 15th moon day when the villagers dress themselves in colorful clothes and celebrate the different hues of spring by displaying multi colored cloths, torans, flags and red 'Dwajas'. They beat their drums and play the flutes to add music to the whole colorful ambience. The 5th day is the 'Rang-Panchami' when everyone celebrates with 'Gulal' or red colored powder and throw the color at it each other to greet the coming of spring.

Time for celebrating Shigmotsav Festival

The time for celebrating the Shigmotsav Festival in Goa is during the month of March, which is the month of Falgun, the last month of the Hindu Calendar.