Shigmo Festival – Goa Carnival – India


This summer I found out about the Japan Carnival scene and it inspired me to look for other World/International Carnivals that have may or may not be directly related to the one’s I’ve known about all my life. I’ve found some interesting, fascinating Carnivals and festivals that I will share in a little series called “Carnival Tuesday” once a week on Tuesdays up until Carnival Tuesday in Trinidad for 2010.

I thought it fitting to begin the series with India as so many of the Trinidad Carnival bands will be portraying versions of Asian/Indian culture in their mas for 2010.

Carnival was introduced to Inida by the Portuguese who arrived in the port of Goa in 1510, the Goa Carnival is a traditional Mardi Gras/Carnaval type of celebration.

What began as a Christian festival that marks the last chance for merry making before Lent, the current event in Goa blends trends and beliefs from all faiths and cultures creating a wonderful feeling of community. Visitors during the three-day event can expect a warm welcome as well as parades, live music, dancers, street entertainers, cultural performances and religious services.

Gao Shigmo Floats

Shigmotsav “Shigmo” is one of the popular festivals of Goa, celebrated in the month of Phalguna (March). The festival begins with  “obeisance” (bowing/curtsies) by the villagers from ninth moon day to full moon day. From the 11th to 15th moon day, the villagers  gather at the village temples, with their multi-coloured attire, flags, torans, and column-like red spotted “Dwajas”.  The fifth day of the Shigmo festival is the day of rejoicing. This day is called  “Rang Panchami”. Red powder (Gulal) is  used profusely by the people for the celebration. A spectacular Shigmo parade is  held annually in the Panjim city. This parade is also held at Vasco, Margao, Mapusa and Ponda.

Goa Carnival 2008

Get more information on the Carnival here.

GOA Carnival dates for 2010
Feb 13, 14, 15, 16


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