Viva Sao Joao, Sao Jaoa re!!

24 Jun

 I came to know about this festival through C, my hubby.he told me that those who are married newly have to treat others to a bottle of feni.Then the people around the new grooms sprinkle it on him/symbolically drown/drench them in it.

The feast of Sao Jaoa is in honour of St. John the Baptist. The highlight is ‘jumping with joy’. The day on which it is celebrated is June 24.The story goes thus. Elizabeth ,the mother of St. John told the pregnant Mary that her son ‘jumped in joy’ on seeing the Messiah within Mary ,for he heralded of the impending birth while in the womb of Elizabeth.

Actually the custom is to take out a procession with the groom in tow and bottles of feni and dunk the groom in to the village well. .The mother invites her daughter and son-in-law and gifts a basket of the choicest fruits of the season. The s-i-l then is accompanied by the villagers in a procession with a lot of fanfare, fun and feni-what else? The revelers wear copels-headgear made of flowers (sumagaLa shirastraana!!) and go around the village singing and dancing to the beats of traditional instruments like the coconut stalk.

It is said that the flowers and fruits are offered in the well by the brides for fertility—a sort of giving baagina. The grooms are taken up to the village well where all jump in and enjoy the feni-fuelled swim!!Also so that when the people jump in the well is cleansed of other flotsam too. Also this is a good outing for the young boys who have just learnt swimming-a sort of debut  I guess.

For all the foodies out there:The traditional feast includes a grand spread with lots of vegetables, salt fish, salt water mango, a hard rounded bangle like bread dipped in a concoction of moong dal, coconut jaggery (molasses) and coconut. It also has ‘shevio’ (somewhat like shaavige paayasa)’folle’ or ‘patodio’- a sort of steamed rice kadubu with coconut and jaggery-ofcourse turmeric leaves are used to wrap them while steaming.

This feast too has gone the V day way…totally commercialized. The ads say, Come and have a blast at __ poolside resort…where the revelers jump into a marble tiled pool with phoren spirits and continental food in them. Dancing to the tunes of RJ…or the band…

 You can click on this to watch a video of this feasthttp://www.smashits.com/video/snoop/1824/title-goa-celebrates-sao-jao-festival.html

 I haven’t watched it though!!  

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12 Responses to “Viva Sao Joao, Sao Jaoa re!!”

  1. greatunknown June 24, 2007 at 10:34 am #

    Ah! To savour the delights of Goa. Must one consume Feni and appear unhinged to be in the mood???

  2. bachodi June 24, 2007 at 1:14 pm #

    Your blog font looks too big and need to zoom it out to read. Comments and sidebar are just fine. Is it happening only in my browser ? Only last three posts look Big (at least three time bigger than previous posts )

    Sorry for writing off topic 😦

  3. neela June 24, 2007 at 3:51 pm #

    No problems. Thanx for pointing out. I felt the font looked too small after having changed the presentation…so I stated saving on MS word at 16 points before posting. Actually I don’t know how to increase font while typing directly in wordpress you see. I had asked for assistance…nobody heard me 😦
    I will reduce it to twelve and let us see if it would be easier to view.

  4. neela June 24, 2007 at 3:53 pm #

    @greatunknown
    I am indeed ignorant….I can’t answer your question. 🙂

  5. bachodi June 24, 2007 at 4:14 pm #

    Every theme in wordpress has its own font defined. So you don’t need to specify what font and what size. For example , the font which is appearing here in comment is default for this theme.
    One solution for this is to go to “edit post” select “code” tab of your post ( there are two options “code” and “visual” ) . You can see HTML of your post here. You can edit whatever you want. What i suggest is delete all HTML code. Let blog content text be there. Then if will take default size and type
    Another thing you can do is after you finished typing your post in word paste it directly into ” code” instead of into “visual” mode. that should sole your problem.

  6. greatunknown June 25, 2007 at 7:31 am #

    I agree bach. The font size is too big:( And the colours… ufffff!

  7. neela June 25, 2007 at 9:48 am #

    @ GREAT…so how come u didn’t point it out earlier? reasons UNKNOWN
    some friend!!
    @ bach. thanx for e lessons. Will try and get back for feedback.. most of my e lessons are learnt by trial and error. My school taught us the basics..Intel teach to the future projectnalli. Avaaga kaletiddu kadime…I was too busy being careful about doing the work assigned.Then my coz,N was my chief mentor.. he used to teach even as we chatted on Yahoo messenger.Now he is a little busy.
    So all guidance is welcomed and deeply appreciated. Thanks,again.

  8. greatunknown June 25, 2007 at 12:07 pm #

    Heyyyy… I pointed out these aspects a while ago ma’am. Remember, huh? I said that your layout wasn’t appealing; and then you changed it to this one, which is far more repulsive… Lolzzzzzz

  9. greatunknown June 25, 2007 at 12:09 pm #

    Ah! Found it under “Paradise revisited”. Here you go…

    2. Anand Balaji – June 15, 2007

    Hey there Neela! I got my Net connection a couple of hours ago!
    Btw, this new interface is confusing and I’m having trouble finding my way around:( Hope all are well at home.

    3. greatunknown – June 17, 2007

    And now this layout is even more confusing… grrrrrrrrrrrr

  10. neela June 26, 2007 at 11:03 am #

    confusing… now lemme see monsieur wordsmith the GREATest i have ever KNOWN …is it the same as not appealing…
    by the by I think u haven’t read the post The demo lessons.Pl. read it…for obvious reasons.

    And it was the first time you say now that the font isn’t good and the colours are uffff…
    😦

  11. destinationsrik June 27, 2007 at 9:20 am #

    Nice to know about the festival and mode of celebration. Thanks for the lovely narration of this unusual festival.

    I remember seeing this in one of the Hindi movies.

  12. greatunknown June 30, 2007 at 8:41 am #

    All HIndi movies featuring Goa must have a mandatory booze, song and dance routine… Lolzzzzzzzzzzz:)

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