The COVID cases are again rising and Goa has cancelled the biggest spring festival of the state, the Shigmo festival. So, if you don’t know Shigmo is a Goan festival that welcomes the month of spring and a goodbye to winters. The celebrations involve parades, street dances and folk performances. The festival is all colorful and pretty and tourists take part too. Those who take part dress up as regional mythology. But due to virus spread this year, the state has put bans on Shigmo parades.
The Shigmo festivities can take place in the Goan temples, but with precautionary guidelines. Also, the government has said that the artists will receive compensation.
As per the Times Travel report, Chief Minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant has said,
“The state government will give compensation to the artists who take place in the annual Shigmotsov celebrations. The decision to cancel the Shigmo parades in the state has been taken to avoid further spread of the Covid-19.”
Initially, the parades were to take place in Ponda, Mapusa and Panaji. The parades at Panaji and Mapusa were to happen on April 3 and 4. As of now, the authorities have cancelled them.
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