Unique Monsoon Festivals In Goa

Sao Joao:

A feast celebrated predominantly in North Goa is  a burst of colours, with people dressed with fl ower copels  (flower wreaths worn on the head) and locals celebrating  by jumping into wells. The Siolim river comes to life with  colourful boats and music as people come out to celebrate  the monsoons. 

Chikal Kalo:

A celebrati on that brings people from  across the state together. Celebrated in Marcel, the feast  remembers the child Krishna and his anti cs of playing in  the mud. This celebration dates back to several decades  and includes men coming together and splashing around  in muddy slush and having a good ti me playing games and  enjoying their ti me together. 


The festival that happens on the island of  Divar, brings the ti ny island to life with colour, music, dance  and some good food. The age old traditi on to celebrate  this festival dates back to when the Portuguese ruled the  state and locals grew agitated with certain land laws on  the island. This resulted in tearing down fl ags that were  used to mark property- hence the name Bonderam, from  bandeira which means fl ag in Portuguese. The expansive  festivities are open to all, join in as part of the flag parades  or dance to the beats of local musicians. 

Author: Planet Goa Team
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