Shigmo festival cancelled in wake of Manohar Parrikar’s death

Shigmo festival

Panaji The Goa Tourism Department on Monday cancelled the traditional Shigmo festivities in view of the demise of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday.

It was scheduled to be held from March 21.

Shigmo festival

State Tourism Director Sanjiv Gadkar said the festivities were cancelled as a mark of respect and for the observance of mourning which has been declared due to the demise of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

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The state government on Sunday declared a one-day holiday and a seven day official mourning.

Shigmo is a week-long pre-Holi festivity celebrated by Hindus, whose style of celebration is similar to a carnival and is considered a big draw for tourists visiting the coastal state.