Goa is the ultimate party capital of India and today, i.e. June 24 2018, Sao Jao is being celebrated with great pomp. Sao Joao, the feast of St John the Baptist, is celebrated across Goa with leaps of joy into wells and other water bodies that are overflowing with rainwater. The festivity will take on a colour of its own with Goans wearing headgears called ‘kopel’, adorned with fresh flowers and sometimes even fruitand chanting out ‘Viva Re Sao Joao’. Also Read - Question in Goa Board's Class 10 English Exam Stokes Fresh Controversy
Remember the ‘Matargashti’ song from Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone starrer ‘Tamasha’? Sao Jao is something similar to that with gorgeously dressed people dancing and having fun. The festival is power packed with music, food, dance, fun and fenny. Also Read - Indian Railways News: Special Train From Delhi Won't Halt in This State From Today - Details Here
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The major attraction of the festival is the procession organised in the Siolim village in North Goa. In the procession, people are seen wearing crowns of leaves and fruits on heads. Lavish feast marks the end of the festival. This isn’t some sort of boring and strict religious festival. Sao Jao is nothing less than any carnival that has a high importance among the Catholic community. You’ll find lots fun loving people who want nothing more than a good time.
Celebrations start early in the morning in the village of Benaulim (South Goa), which has the church of Saint John the Baptist. It starts with a morning mass that include prayers given out by people from surrounding villages.