It is dedicated to St. John the Baptist and is celebrated on June 24th as Sao Joao feast in Goa. The festival celebrations include villagers jumping into the wells, streams and ponds. This jump is to signify the joy that St. John felt when Jesus was born. During monsoons this event is the major attraction for tourists. Pool parties and private Sao Joao parties in Goa serve as a complete package of merriment and joy. Guests are made to wear crowns made of leaves and flowers called ‘Kopel’. Popular Goan music bands and dancers perform at various locations and delicious Goan delicacies are served.
Celebrate Sao Joao with a cruise on Board the Santa Monica. This is a leisurely 5 hour cruise on the Mandovi river.
The cruise starts at the Santa Monica jetty in Panjim on 24th June at 10 am and ends at 3 pm.