'Shigmo' or 'Shigmotsav' is a festival celebrated by the tribal communities of Goa for the 'rich and golden harvest of paddy'. Various agricultural communities including Kunbis, Gawdas and Velips celebrate the festival. The festival also marks the onset of spring.
According to Hindu Panchang Shigmotsav celebrations lasts over a fortnight in the month of Phalgun-Chaitra, which is March-April each year in the Gregorian calendar. The festival begins with ‘Naman’ that is the invocation of the local folk deities.
The celebration is replete with traditional, colourful costumes, mythological installations, painted faces and costumes of various hues. It is a vibrant festival of colors, songs and dances which is associated with the culture and traditions of Goa.
During the festival, the participants perform folk dances like Ghodemodini (dance of equestrian warriors), Gopha and Phugadi. Along this, musical instruments like Ghumat, Dhol, Madle and Tashe are also used.