Why To Go

The Shigmotsav festival is among the most popular festivals in Goa. It is quite similar to the celebration of Holi, which is celebrated throughout India. The Hindus celebrate the festival for close to two weeks. The Goan Hindu traditions are on full display during the duration of this festival. It is dedicated to mark the start of Spring while bidding farewell to winter. During the many days of the festival, the Hindus usually abstain from non-vegetarian food as well as alcohol. The festival was traditionally celebrated as Spring’s biggest festival. It also honored the homecoming of the warriors who had bid farewell to their homes and families just after the end of Dusshera to fight the invaders.

This famous Hindu festival is characterized by the right amount of colours, music, dance, and floats. The festival authentically depicts the Goan culture through elaborate folk performances by local men and women who never tire when performing dance sequences in huge processions which accompany a parade.

Travel Tips

Since the festival lasts for a fortnight, tourists who want to visit Goa during this time are advised to commence with their travel arrangements at least three months prior. Also, staying near the areas which celebrate the festival is recommended as one can then truly enjoy everything the festival has to offer. Tourists are also advised to exercise extreme caution where their belongings are concerned especially if they decide to visit the numerous fairs and parades which are held during this period.

Things To Do

The parade usually begins with much fanfare and pomp as the Goan people come out in full force, dressed in colourful outfits while holding multi-colored flags and playing astronomical musical instruments, which include the Dhol Tasha and flutes in processions across the many cities in Goa. The larger-than-life celebration adds a touch of magic and fantasy while also incorporating folk to form a perfect blend, which is then depicted on the floats that parade down the streets. Traditional folk dances like Ghode Modni and Fugdi are performed on streets in massive troupes along the procession, showcasing the tradition of Goa. The shimmering floats with extensive lighting and sound effects move along with the parade gripping the attention of a vast crowd that aligns the streets of Goa. This festival of colour and mythology gives way for the masses to come together and bring in the most colourful season, Spring. The streets of Goa during Shigmotsav are lit up with attractive décor, lively parades, delicious Goan delicacies, music, and dance performances. This revelry, celebration and merriment is not something to miss out. Do not forget to try out Goanese delicacies, especially the fish preparations, if you visit during these festive days.

Getting Around

Goa has plenty of public and private options for travel, depending upon the budget and preferences. Hired transport options include pre-booked taxis, auto-rikshaws, taxi bikes or pilot cars, scooters and bicycle rentals, as well as privately booked chauffeur driven vehicles.

How To Reach


Located at 29kms of Panaji, the Dabolim airport has different flights that operate between Dabolim to all other major cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, Kochi and Thiruvanathapuram.


Part of the Konkan railway network, different trains operate between Panaji and major cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, and Hyderabad. The next nearest railway station at 30kms is Vasco da Gama.


There are several buses that plies from the neighbouring states to Goa. The main bus terminal is known as Kadamba. You will also get different private operators to various destinations.

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There are several buses that plies from the neighbouring states to Goa. The main bus terminal is known as Kadamba. You will also get different private operators to various destinations.
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