Festivals of Goa
Holi Celebration in Goa
Holi, the festival of colours, is celebrated in Goa with joy and gaiety. A number of activities, including entertainment programmes and rituals, are organised around the state to commemorate the festival. The Shigmotsav parades with the first traditional parade takes place at Ponda, while the Canacona, Sanguem, Curchorem, Quepem and Vasco Shigmotsav parade are held on subsequent days. The city Shigmotsav parade are held after a week at Mapusa, Pernem, Bicholim, Sanquelim, Cuncolim, and Valpoi.
Though the origin of the celebration of Holi is shrouded in legends and mythology, the most important aspect of this festival is that it helps bridge social taboos and builds new relationships and lasting camaraderie, which are the sustaining force of the orderly growth of the nation that is sometimes disturbed by divisive forces. The exchange of colours on the occasion strengthen unity among people and in a way promote national integration.