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Shigmo celebration in state to begin on March 21

PANAJI: Goa’s biggest folk festival, Shigmo, is slated to begin on March 21, and will continue in various parts of the state over a fortnight.

The tourism department on Friday announced that the first Shigmo parade of the year will held on March 21 at Ponda and in other centres it will be as follows: Dharbandora, March 22; Panaji, March 23; Mapusa, March 24; Pernem, March 25; Bicholim, March 26; Sankhali, March 27; Valpoi, March 28; Vasco, March 29; Quepem, March 30; Margao, March 31; Churchorem April 1; Sanguem, April 3; Cuncolim, April 4, and Canacona April 5.

“This year, a spectacular display of Goan ethnicity and mythology will be on the show with floats from rural areas of the state. The floats will be depicting scenes from regional mythology and religious scenes,” said Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar while interacting with media persons in Panaji.

Ajgaonkar informed that a provision of Rs 2 crore has been made for the festival which includes prize money and illumination of streets.

He informed that a private agency has been appointed for the promotion of the festival.

Earlier in the day, Ajgaonkar chaired a meeting along with the leader of opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, which was attended by the representatives of the departments concerned including Goa police, traffic police, and municipal bodies who would oversee the preparation and arrangement for the festival.

All the officials deliberated in detail on the float parade schedules, routes, and other arrangements.

Kavlekar asked the department not to allow groups to take control of the organising committees if they are not selected by following the due procedures laid down by the department.

“In the past, a particular mandal had tried to interfere in the working of the committee appointed by Quepem Municipal Council for Shigmo. If they try to repeat the same then we will go to any extent to kick them out,” he said.

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