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Sao Joao Festival

Sao Joao is the feast of St John, a Baptist, celebrated throughout Goa. It is held on 24th June. The newly wed sons-in-law celebrate this festival in their mothers-in-law's house. The mother presents her daughter a basket full of fruits on this occasion.

The highlight is a procession of the young men dressed in crowns of leaves, carrying Feni bottles. Then they advance through the village, ultimately arriving at a well of pond into which they jump along with the sons-in-law.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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