From March 3-6, Hindus, irrespective of caste and community, descend upon the village of Dongorim in Mandur of Tiswadi taluka, particularly at the Shasti Shantadurga temple, and turn it into a sea of colour, song and dance.
Vasant Naik, 64, from Dongorim, said, "During the Portuguese rule, the Hindus were not allowed to celebrate their traditional Shigmo festival. Hence, our ancestors, referring to the festival as Intruz, enjoyed Shigmo festivities with the blessings of the village deity, Shasti Shantadurga."
This year around, the villagers of Dongorim celebrated Intruz with song, dance and dramas. On March 2, they celebrated the 'Fatya Suvari' where villagers sang eulogies in honour of folk deities to the tune of the ghumat, samel and kasale by wrapping themselves in woolen carpets.
On March 3, the villagers converged at the temple of Shasti Shantadurga and sung eulogies, followed by the unfurling of traditional umbrellas and decorating them with flowers. Satryos or umbrellas are unfurled on the day of 'Suvari Vadan', where these sacred umbrellas are decorated with garlands of flowers and devotees walk about carrying them visiting various temples in Dongorim.
The men folk, well-versed in folk dances and music, form a group called mell which visits temples, various shrines, and performs dances by singing songs accompanied to the beats of percussion instruments. Shashikant Naik, a folk artist and percussionist, told TOI, "Our village has a rich and varied tradition of Shigmo observed during the Intruz celebration. We forget differences when we take part in the Intruz."
Though the festival of Intruz is celebrated by the Christian gawda tribals three days prior to the season of Lent, in Dongorim, Intruz is celebrated by Hindus as part of Shigmo festivities. [TOI]