Goa celebrates Sao Joao festival

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Sao Joao is an annual Catholic festival celebrated in an unusual way in Goa every year on 23 June.


  • Sao Joao is also known as St. John the Baptist.

  • Catholic men jump into the water to find gifts thrown into wells, ponds and rivers to pay tribute to St. John the Baptist.

  • This festival is celebrated every year in June to mark the beginning of the season.

  • People wear crowns of fresh fruits and wild flowers traditionally called 'kopels' to celebrate the occasion.

  • About Goa -

  • Goa is the smallest state in India by area and the fourth smallest by population.

  • The Portuguese ruled Goa for about 450 years and it was handed over to the Indian administration on 19 December 1961.

  • Panaji, the capital of Goa, is situated on the banks of the Mandovi river.

  • Governor- PS Sreedharan

  • Chief Minister- Pramod Sawant

  • Assembly seat - 40

  • Rajya Sabha Seat-1

  • Lok Sabha seat - 2

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