Sao Joao Festival
: Throughout Goa
: 24th June
Sao Joao is the feast of St. John the Baptist observed all over Goa on 24th June. Newly wed sons-in-law celebrate at their mothers-in-law's home. On this occasion the mother presents the daughter a basket full of fruits like jackfruits, mangoes, pineapples, etc. to be taken home. Goa is well-known for its loveliness and sun kissed beaches. which has made a significant contribution to its development.
Goa is famous for its beauty and sun kissed beaches. which has made a significant contribution to its development. Goa, a tourist's paradise , experiences a tropical type climate and is known for its heavy rains and hot sun. A particular characteristic of Goa is its culture and its people. The people here are very hospitable and kind.
: 24th June
Sao Joao is the feast of St. John the Baptist observed all over Goa on 24th June. Newly wed sons-in-law celebrate at their mothers-in-law's house. On this occasion the mother presents the daughter a basket full of fruits like jackfruits, mangoes, pineapples, etc. to be taken home.
A procession of village youth wearing crowns of leaves, carrying bottles of Feni advances through the village, ultimately arriving at a well of pond into which they jump along with the sons-in-law.
Colourful San Joao held at Siolim
Courtesy Gomantak Times
A colourful sangodd was organised by the Siolim San Joao traditional boat festival committee on Saturday. The function took place in the rivulet opposite St Anthonys church Siolim.
The chief guest for the function was Retd Col Albino Fernandes and the other celebrities who attended the function were Chief Secretary of Goa Alok Nath, Sarpanch of Siolim Satish Toraskar, international pop star and the son of the soil of Goa Remo Fernandes, the Britton brothers, Young Chico, the beauty queen of Goa (Calangute) Valusha DSouza, Usha Albuquerque professionally a news reader of Doordarshan.
Pamla was doing a special feature on Siolim San Joao. The band Pietros played scintillating music to make the evening a pleasant one . There were five colourfully decorated boats which participated in the competition. Every group came in and sang a mando and then put a well decorated crown on the Cross which stands on the bank of the stream.
John de Badem who belongs to a tradition of painting churches specially those which are painted gold, dressed himself like a shepherd with animal hyde on his body, a lamb on the shoulder and a staff in his hand sang a mando who was accompanied by his 96 year old father and his team members. It was then H Briton took over the stage with his gagra choli and sang a song on the Baina addiction. He also commented that he had never seen such an event in his life span elsewhere. He also took this opportunity to market his cassettes at a discounted rate.
The were also spot prizes. The prize for best head gear was bagged by Young Glen from Mama and the other prize for the longest nail was carried away by Mohan Naik. Sannas were also served to the crowd. Remo played his favourite flute and guitar. He invited the spectators to join him with clap and cheer. The energetic crowd along with Remo and the band Pietros, caused an earth shiver bringing a part of the stage along with H Briton ... down
"Viva San Joao." The boats were judged by Pranali Naik and Memoonara Fernandes, both ex-students of Goa College of Fine Arts. The prize for the best decorated boat went to Vaddy boys.
The whole function was covered by Goa Doordarshan. Finally it was the Pietros who kept on entertaining the crowds, says a press release issued by Russel Lobo.