The Holy Spirit Party.
Hi Alex, and hi my friends.
How are you today? Did you enjoy your day? Well, I hope so.
April is almost finishing, the Easter was behind, and all the city is driving its attention to the next month, May, which will set one of the most traditionals city festivals. May is the month which all the city dress itself up in red to celebrate the Pentecost, the Holy Spirit Party.
It´s a beautiful demonstration of faith and folklore in honour of the Holy Spirit.
Fifty days after the Easter, the Christians celebrate the Pentecost, which is the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Jesus Apostles and followers.
So, ten days before the Pentecost, the party hosts, who are a couple elected to direct and raise funds to the realisation of the party, open the "Holy Spirit Empire" ( Império do Divino), together with the bishop and the faithful. The Empire is a chapel where twenty four hours a day the faithful go to pray the rosary during the party celebratition. It´s all built and ornate, in red in order to remember the fire flames ( the Holy Spirit gifts) which descent upon the Apostles.
At the dawn, there is the "Alvorada" ( the Dawn), when people go to the streets saying the rosary, and in every single day after they finished their prayers, is serverd a breakfast, which consist in a piece of bread or cake and biscuits with a cup of coffee sweetened with brown sugar. Therefore, when the night falls, the Mass is celebrated, and then there is a bazaar with folklore groups apresentations and typical food, which the most famous is the "afogado".
The afogado is a stew made of pieces of meat, potatoes and seasonings, very apreciatte for all who come to the party. However, the peak of the party is on the Saturday before the Pentecost day, it´s the Palm Heart Entrance ( Entrada dos Palmitos), which is a mix of religious celebration and folklore apresentations. It has this name because of more than three hundred years ago, when has started the party, the carts were ornate with the palm heart that they brought of the harvest, though, nowadays the carts are ornate with flowers.
So, on Saturday all the city stops to see the red parede in honour of the Holy Spirit passes by. There are people spread on the sidewalks waving red flags singing and smiling, children stunning with the beauty of the horses and their owners ability, the folklore dancing groups such as Congada, Monçambique and others with their members full of joy for one more year celebranting the Holy Spirit.
I can´t put in words how beautiful this celebration is, I wish that you could be here, and feel the beat of the drums, see the smiling faces while the parade is passing by. The parede finishes at the midday, when is served for free the afogado for all the people who participated of the Palm Heart Entrance.
On Sunday the Pentecost Mass is celebrated, and at the midnight the hosts, bishop and the faithful closing the Holy Spirit Empire, and in this way, ending one more year of this traditional party. Here are some photos:
I´d like to say thank you to Adriana ( I loved it that you called me Aninha!), Hyoshil (my mum says thank you, and my sister says hello to you) and Katy for their kind and supportive comments in my yesterday´s blog. I really apreciatted to read them, and of course the others ones too.
Now, Paul, I have a question for you. Could you tell me when I have to say good bye, please? Is on Friday 27th, or on Monday 30th? I hope that will be on Monday.
Good night, have nice dreams,
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