Shigmo is one of the popular festivals in India. It is mainly celebrated in the state of Goa with great enthusiasm and fanfare. The festival is mainly the Goan interpretation of Holi and is celebrated by all people irrespective of age, caste and creed. Shigmo is celebrated in the period between the months of February and March.
Shigmo is also known as Shigmotsav and is held for 5 days. It is the festival of colors and is celebrated in both cities and villages. The festival corresponds with the festival of Holi in the rest of India.
The day of the Shigmo Festival is celebrated with widespread enjoyment and fanfare. People enjoy to the fullest by throwing colored powder and water at each other all over the day. The colors are made of natural products like Neem, Kumkum, Haldi Bilva and herbal recipes which are considered to have a medicinal effect on the diseases like viral fever and cold.
The day of the Shigmo festival is also marked by wide spread processions and carnivals. Public Shigmo parades are held in which traditional folk and street-dancers take part. They depict scenes from local mythology and other well known religious scenes.
In most parts of rural Goa, the Shigmo festival is even held for 14 days. People decorate their houses with paintings and also make various floral designs on the entrance of their homes. Family members, friends and relatives exchange greetings and gifts between each other.