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Indian Festival – Shigmo Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Hindi Language

Let me take you too a interesting and colorful festival from India which is called Shigmo.

Shigmo (शिगमो) is a spring (वसंत – Vasant) festival celebrated in the Indian state of Goa and the neighboring states. It is also known as Shigmotsav or the harvest festival (त्योहार – Tyohaar) and is celebrated annually (प्रतिवर्ष – Prativarsh) during the Phalgun month (March according to Gregorian Calendar) which is the last month (महीना – Mahina) according to the Hindu calendar. It is also celebrated by Konkani diaspora and the festival of Holi is part of it.

Celebration (समारोह – Samaaroh) includes public parades which showcase colorful floats depicting scenes from regional mythology and religious scenes as well as traditional folk and street dances. Meanwhile, Shigmo festivals has two variants: Dhakto Shigmo (“small Shigmo”) and Vhadlo Shigmo (“big Shigmo”). Dhakto Shigmo is generally celebrated by farmers (किसान – Kisaan), the labor class and the rural population (जनसंख्या – Jansankhya) and celebration usually include folk songs and folk dances (नृत्य – Nrtya), while Vhadlo Shigmo is of greater significance (महत्व – Mahatv) and is celebrated by everyone together and celebrated at the temples which attract a large number of devotees (भक्त – Bhakt) and tourists (पर्यटक – Paryatak).

During celebrations, Naman are songs sung in chorus during the festival and thousands of people thronged the streets to witness the Romtamell, folk dances and the floats. Various groups were seen dancing to the beats of the dhol and taso and singing folk songs to the accompaniment of drums. Huge floats depicting Hindu were also witnessed which enthralled the locals as well as the tourists.

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Nitin Kumar is a native Hindi speaker from New Delhi, India. His education qualification include Masters in Robotics and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. Currently, he is working in the Research and Development in Robotics in Germany. He is avid language learner with varied level of proficiency in English, German, Spanish, and Japanese. He wish to learn French one day. His passion for languages motivated him to share his mother tongue, Hindi, and culture and traditions associated with its speakers. He has been working with Transparent Language since 2010 and has written over 430 blogs on various topics on Hindi language and India, its culture and traditions. He is also the Administrator for Hindi Facebook page which has a community of over 330,000 members.