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Sao Joao Feast of St John the Baptist

June 24

It is the feast of St John the Baptist on June 24th. On this day young men around Goa jump into wells to retrieve gifts thrown in by villagers.

This celebration is called Sao Joao, one of the more famous Christian feasts in the state.alt

The festivals takes place at the beginning of Monsoon season in Goa and people of all ages jumping into wells, streams and ponds.

They get well tanked with feni and do this. In Siolim, the village in north Goa’s Bardez taluka, colourful boat races are organised on this day.

This monsoon feast has special significance in Christianity as it is dedicated to St John the Baptist, the firebrand prophet.

Christian scripture tells us of John the Baptist leaping for joy in his mother, Elizabeth’s womb when she was told of Jesus’ birth.

John, the Baptist later went on to baptise Jesus in the river Jordan. The well is considered to be a representation of Elizabeth’s womb and a jump into it a sign of joy for the birth of Christ.

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