Towards the end of May, the beginning of June is when the unpleasant summer heat takes the backseat and the rains kick in. If you were under the impression that monsoon in Goa can dampen the Goan spirit then you are highly mistaken. June is the time the state celebrates its vibrant Sao Joao Festival. For those of you who are unaware, this festival is one you shouldn’t miss and here is why.
In Goa not just the Catholic community but everybody celebrates the Sao Joao festival. It takes place on the 24th of June, every year. Wondering what is the connection shared between St. John the Baptist and São João?
According to the holy scriptures, John the Baptist leapt for joy in his mother’s womb when she was told of Jesus’ birth. It is believed that this was a sign of joy because Christ was born.
To commemorate this incident, people jump into the well by shouting ‘viva Sao Joao’!
The traditional São João Boat Festival takes place in Siolim. This parade consists of beautifully decorated floats with various themes, mainly nature-centric. Catch the vibrancy and fun at the Siolim float parade.
If you love wearing head gears, try the ‘Copel’. The Copel is a crown made from fresh flowers, fruit, and even vegetables, strung together with an organic thread.
Participate in various copel making competitions and try your hand at making some beautiful crowns.
You will see a lot of Pool Parties happening not just on this day but pre and post Sao Joao, the celebration continues. Whether it’s raining or not, people are going to be drenched. So make a splash in the pool, dance to some good electronic beats and have fun.
Apart from this festival, June also happens to be the perfect time to laze around and enjoy a hot cup of tea as you watch the rain. Spend time exploring the different parts of Goa, view unending carpets of greenery. Take advantage of our three-night monsoon package to enjoy the perks of a laid-back way of life and delicious cuisine – Book Now!