'Shigmo Festival' lures tourists to Goa

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 31, 2013 10:50 hrs

Goa celebrated the ancient 'Shigmo Festival' on Sunday that marks the onset of spring, with both pomp and show, and with vibrant and colourful processions through streets and decked up markets.

A tourist, Christene, said she was happy to have an opportunity to see the festival.

"I came especially for this festival and had to wait for three hours but it was worth it and found it very beautiful and loved it," she added.

The annual Shigomastav began with apex of excitement and frolic at Panaji.

The celebrations included colourful street floats, folk music and dances, sword dances and lively spraying of dry colours, while the procession passed through the streets of Goa.

Farmers and rural folk celebrate this annually after the harvesting season, hundreds of performers attired in traditional outfits and colourful turbans play dhol (drums) and chant the names of various Hindu deities.

The festival invites domestic and foreign tourists that offer a boost to the Goan economy.

The Shigmotsav is one of the major attractions for overseas and domestic tourists visiting the world famous tourist spot.

The festival has emerged as a symbol of communal harmony over the years.

The parade also included martial art dances like 'Ghode-morni', or the horse dance, which is popular in the region. (ANI)

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