Shigmo festival under way in Goa

28th Mar 2013

Goa's annual Shigmo festival is currently under way - and this year it's bigger and better than ever.

Showcasing Goan ethnicity and mythology through a series of parades and other festivities, the event will run until April 10.

Alongside the crowds of locals there will likely be plenty of people on group tours joining in the celebrations.

Dilip Parulekar, Goa Minister for Tourism and Women & Child Development, described the festival as a "must-visit" for holidaymakers.

The spokesperson went on: "There will be an attractive decor, lively parades, excellent food, music and revelry all over the state during this time. It is a must-visit event for all tourists."

Goa is situated on the west of India, with the Arabian Sea forming its western coast. It is also bordered by the state of Maharashtra to the north and Karnataka to the east and south.

Various groups of women and men dressed in traditional costumes perform dances during the festival, interspersed with small groups that move along the route with their traditional Goan drums.

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