Local Events and Festivals in Goa

Shigmo

The festival of Shigmo, which is marked by a boisterous celebration of colour and music, is celebrated in Goa with great enthusiasm and fanfare and is mainly the Goan interpretation of Holi.  Shigmo is celebrated in the five-day period at the end of February and the start of March.

 
 
The festival is marked by widespread 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.
 
 
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Sao Joao Festival
 
The Sao Joao festival is well celebrated in Goa amongst the Catholic community and is dedicated to St. John the Baptist.  It is celebrated on 24th June every year.  This occasion sees some unique celebrations by the local young people in the villages of Goa who with crowns of leaves and varied fruits on their heads go out in processions, carrying Goan liquor along with them and jumping into wells to have fun. They are also accompanied by traditional musicians.
 

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Feast of St. Francis Xavier
 
St. Francis Xavier, referred to as "Goencho Saib" (Lord of Goa) by Goans, is the Patron Saint of Goa.  The Feast of St. Francis Xavier is held every year on 3rd December - the day he was buried - after nine days of prayer, called the Novena.  The Feast of St. Francis Xavier hosts various ceremonies to honour the saint's death. The silver casket containing the remains of the saint is kept at Se Cathedral for the veneration and kissing of devotees since 21st November.
 

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