The feast commemorates the date the saint died and was buried. The feast is celebrated by Goans all throughout the state, though the dates of celebration may vary. Large scale festivities and fun events mark the feast, which is spread over a period of nine days and a wide array of food and drinks are available for people to enjoy. Church services begin as early as 4 am and people come together in huge numbers to revere this beloved saint. The atmosphere of Goa during the festival is truly dynamic, as thousands of people come together to pay their respects to the saint and enjoy the festivities.