San Jao celebrations in Goa, 24th June

San Jao celebrations in Goa

Come 24th June every year, its Celebration time in Goa, its "San Jao".

It is said that on this day St John the Baptist took a leap in his mother's womb. This leap was considered to be a leap of joy. This festival derives its name from the saint and people celebrate this day by jumping into lakes, wells and rivers across the state.

Its also known as the "Javoiache fest" which means the "Son-in-laws of the village". Traditionally this is a time where 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 to be taken their new home and then they are distributed to friends, relatives and neighbours. Young as well as the old take part in the "San Jao" Festivities. They wear floral crowns(headgear)/"Copels" on their heads and dance to the beats of drums. Cultural performance and rain dances are organised in most of the resorts in Goa.

San Jao celebrations in Goa

Villagers celebrating San Jao

San Jao celebrations in Goa

Villagers palying drums and chanting "Viva San Jao"

San Jao celebrations in Goa

Villagers at Calangute going about the village palying drums and chanting

San Jao celebrations in Goa

The "San Jao" Splash

San Jao celebrations in Goa

The "San Jao" Splash

San Jao celebrations in Goa

The colorfully dressed San Jao reveler

San Jao celebrations in Goa

A girl carrying a little princess wearing her "copel"

San Jao in Goa

The macho men wearing their copel

San Jao celebrations in Goa

The macho men wearing their copel

San Jao celebrations in Goa

Thats little Ms. Photogenic with her "copel"

San Jao celebrations in Goa

He stood tall with his "copel" made of flowers and fruits

San Jao celebrations in Goa

The girl in black did win a prize for her copel

San Jao celebrations in Goa

They were rewarded for wearing the most beautiful "Copel"

San Jao celebrations in Goa

The beauties wearing their copels

San Jao celebrations in Goa

One of the villagers wearing his copel

San Jao celebrations in Goa

Cultural and Singing programs organised at the San Jao Celebration

San Jao celebrations in Goa

The little ones with their "copels"

San Jao celebrations in Goa

The little ones with their "copels"

San Jao celebrations in Goa

The macho men and the little girl wearing their copel

San Jao celebrations in Goa

The floats on boats at the San Jao celebrations at Siolim

San Jao celebrations in Goa

The floats on boats at the San Jao celebrations at Siolim

San Jao celebrations in Goa

The floats on boats at the San Jao celebrations at Siolim

San Jao celebrations in Goa

Younsters splashing water on each other chanting "Viva San Jao"

San Jao celebrations in Goa

Every float that comes with a boat have to put a crown "copel" by climbing over

San Jao celebrations in Goa

The huge crowd gathered at the San Jao Celebrations at Siolim

San Jao celebrations in Goa

Foreigner Tourists being a part of the celebrations

San Jao celebrations in Goa

Section of the crowd enjoying San Jao celebrations from the bridge at siolim

 

 

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