Since the period of
lent lasts almost a month, the Shigmo festival is celebrated
to indulge in merry making "one last time". The Shigmo
festival starts with the appearance of the moon on the ninth
day and ends on the full moon day.
Shigmo festival is celebrated by organizing large fairs and
parades in Goa. Many small communities and groups of people
come together and prepare colorful tableaux. They dress up
as colorful characters and take part in the processions
actively with much enthusiasm. Most of these tableaux are
based on mythology and many popular legends. Some tableaux
also depict important happenings depicted in the holy epics.
It is basically a time to enjoy to the hilt and indulge in
true festive spirit of Goa.