Video: 2015 Santo Cristo Dos Milagres Festival

May 12, 2015

A centuries old tradition that originated in the Azores in the 17th century took place on Sunday [May 10] with Bermuda’s Portuguese community celebrating the “Festa do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres”.

The “Festa do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres” [Festival of the Christ of Miracles], sees a solemn procession through Hamilton after an afternoon service at St. Teresa’s Cathedral . Accompanied by the Somerset Brigade Band, the procession traveled along Cedar Avenue turning on to Dundonald Street, Woodland Road, Canal Road, Laffan Street and back to the cathedral where clergy addressed the crowd.

Attendees then made their way to BAA where a celebration would be held throughout the night with entertainment, refreshments and auctions to help raise funds for the church.

Some 400 years old, the Festival is the largest religious celebration of the Azores. It was celebrated this same weekend in the Azores, as well as by members of the Portuguese diaspora across the globe. Photos taken at the event can be found here and another set here.

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