Glimpses of Goa's popular Sao Joao festival...

Venita Gomes

In Goa, the feast of St John the Baptist is known as 'Sao Joao'
On this day, people jump merrily into wells and ponds, enacting the Biblical moment when St John, the Baptist jumped with joy in the womb of his mother Elizabeth, when she was visited by her cousin Mary, who was also with child | Picture Courtesy: Rohan Fernandes
You can find people wearing decorative headgear, called 'kopel' made from local fruits and flowers | PIC COURTESY: Sao Joao Siolim/ Facebook
Local sweets, such as 'patoleos', are prepared on this day in various Goan Catholic homes
In the village of Siolim, there is a traditional boat festival, with a float parade of boats
Not only youngsters, but also adults, take part in the festivities, and you can see the entire community coming together to celebrate the festival of 'Sao Joao' in Goa | Picture Courtesy: Rohan Fernandes

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