Holi Festival in Goa :

Holi is a festival which is celebrated with great enthusiasm and excitement by the people of India, and also outside India. Holi is played through the width and the breadth of India, and different states celebrate Holi with their slightly different styles. But one thing that is common is the indefatigability of people when it comes to celebrating Holi. The exuberant and energetic people of Goa do not lag behind the rest of the country when it comes to Holi celebrations.

The festival of spring is called Shigmo in Goa, the word being a Konkani word and is celebrated on a huge scale throughout the state. The festival isn’t celebrated by people particular religion; it is a festival of masses and is celebrated mostly by the masses following all religious traditions. And as in the Goan style, the festival is accompanied with fanfare and enthusiasm. Performance on drumbeats and epic enactment of mythology are religiously followed by the people of this state.

The festival goes on for over a month in Goa, the festival of colours being the part of entire spring festival celebrations. Shigmotav is highlighted with performances of troupes in the form of parades and cultural dramas. At dusk, huge effigies are taken in processions out on street and prizes are given away to people. There are bonfires held at many places signifying the theme of the festival, which stresses on victory of good over evil. And on the next day there is huge fest of colours, with people drenching each other with water and colours. There is an abundant use of vibrant colours made by the people while playing Holi.

The Panaji Shigmotsav Samiti also organizes a parade in Panaji. Temples around Goa also make special arrangements for Holi celebrations. The celebrations at Panaji, Mapusa, Vasco Da Gama and Margao, go on with great gusto amongst the people.

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