Goan summer: A trip down memory lane

Abigail Crasto


Despite the heat, the summer season in Goa always presented a chance to make special memories, especially for children on summer vacation break. Here's how Goans spent their summers...

Goa| Summer| Nostalgia| Panjim| | Photo: Abigail Crasto


There was never a need for alarm for children to wake up during their summer break. As soon as the sun rose, they all eagerly got out of bed to kickstart their day and look forward to never-ending fun.

Goa| Summers| Nostalgia| Early mornings| Bread | Photo: Abigail Crasto


In the absence of fancy gadgets like mobile, children would spend their time by meeting up and heading to a nearby open area to play outdoor games such as football or logorio (seven tiles).

Goa| Summer days| Football| Mud Grounds| | Photo: Rohan Fernandes


Back then, mango trees were common in most Goan backyards. And every neighbour's nightmare came true when village kids threw stones at, and stole their ripe ambes (mangoes) during the season.

Goa| Summer days| Mangos| Season| Hunt|


Goan Summer and seasonal flavour urrak go hand in hand. It was common to see Goans enjoying their urrak sitting in their balcaos. They would relish it with a mix of Limca, salt, lime, and a slit green chili.

Goa| Summer days| |Urrak| Refreshing| | Photo: Jolyon Antao


Summer was time for reuniting with cousins and other family members. Holiday plans were made well ahead of time, and one of the essential activities was an overnight family picnic by the beach.

Goa| Summers| Picnic| Overnight| Beach| | Photo: Rohan Fernandes

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