GTDC Sao Joao boat cruise celebrations a huge success


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Mr. Gavin Dias, General Manager Mktg - GTDC crowning the best couple during the Sao Joao Special Cruise on Santa Monica in the presence of Deepak Narvekar, Senior Manager, PRO GTDC, Ninfa Silva, Dy. General Manager Cruises, Thelma Moses, Sr. Manager GTDC  and  Dilip Shetye, Asst. Manager.  

GTDC Sao Joao  boat cruise celebrations a huge success

Panjim,  June 25: Goa Tourism Development Corporation Ltd (GTDC) in association with Department of Tourism, Government of Goa celebrated the feast of St. John the Baptistpopularly
known as Sao Joao on 24th June on board the Santa Monica. Keeping with tradition, the Santa Monica boat was decorated with coconut leaves and the traditional Sao Joao fruit – pineapples.
The enthusiastic crowd of locals, as well as tourists, were crowned with the traditional 
kopels as they marched in onboard Santa Monica. The cruise set out at 10.30 a.m. and moved along the mangrove coastline of the Mandovi river passing through Chorao, Dr. Salim Ali’s Bird Sanctuary, Divar and  Old Goa Islands.
This commemoration of St. John the Baptist’s “ Leap of Joy”   was performed by
enthusiastic professional who leaped from the deck of Santa Monica into river Mandovi watched by  an enthralled audience.  The day’s celebrations  were packed with entertainment by Goa Culture Guild, contests and competitions and  the selection of “Sao Joao King & Queen”. The highlight of the day was the “Splash Dance”.
The guests, especially tourists from other parts of India who witnessed the feast celebrations and joined in the revelry participated in various competitions and entertainment.
Mr. Gavin Dias, GM – GTDC  while speaking on the occasion said,  “The monsoon season  which begins in the  month of June  ushers in  a lot of  festivities like Sao Joao, and  Goa Tourism Development Corporation Ltd.  has  always received  an overwhelming response to its Sao Joao  boat cruise event.”