The parishioners of St Francis Xavier Church, in Velim, recently organised the 'Sao Joao Festa 2023'. The event was organized by St Francis Xavier's Parish Youth, Velim, in collaboration with the Parish Pastoral Council.
Sao Joao Festa 2023 was a celebration of culture, food and music on the occasion of the feast day of St John the Baptist.
A seven-piece brass band led the procession to the event square.
The festa saw the participation of, both, young and old. The event began with the blessing of the beautifully-decorated well by the youth animator, Fr Jackie.
Sao Joao Festa 2023 was an opportunity for the people of Velim to celebrate its rich traditions and relive the good old days.
Cultural programmes, dances, Konkani songs, games and competitions were organised on the occasion.
The locals got a chance to relish traditional snacks such as patoloeo, holle, sannas and other delicacies.