Photos/Video: 2013 Santo Cristo Dos Milagres

May 5, 2013

[Updated with video] Bermuda’s Portuguese community came together today [May 5] to celebrate a centuries old tradition that originated in the Azores in the 17th century.

The “Festa do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres” [Festival of the Christ of Miracles], sees a solemn procession through Hamilton with participants walking on a carpet of flowers set down beforehand.

Santo Cristo Festival, Bermuda May 5 2013-17

The Santo Cristo statue is carried from St Theresa’s Cathedral along Cedar Avenue and Dundonald Street and back to the Cathedral. Clergy, adults and children in special attire walked through Hamilton followed by members and friends of the island’s Portuguese community.

Nearly 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.

The first Portuguese immigrants arrived in Bermuda from Madeira on November 4, 1849 aboard the ship “Golden Rule.”

The 58 immigrants — 35 men, 16 women and 7 children — were the first of many to arrive in Bermuda, and almost two centuries later Bermudians of Portuguese descent make up a substantial portion of the island’s residents.

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  1. Nuffin but da Truth says:

    with the amount of Portuguese in Bermuda,I’m surprised there is not a Portuguese Government Party.

    That would really rock the boat in Bermuda’s Polls.

    • Joey-Bag-O'doughnuts says:

      Don’t they have to be British subjects to be able to vote or run for office?

    • Family Man says:

      Why? Not everybody votes along racial/ethnic lines. Some of us actually consider things such as integrity and competence over looks.

  2. Jason Desousa says:

    How about the next PLP: Portuguese Liberation Party…..

  3. Justin T says:

    When’s the set at BAA

  4. Europa Final... says:


  5. I had a great time. Loved the food and the people

  6. Prayerful says:

    The street decorations were spectacular. Why spoil the comments with politics. Very colourful event. It was BAA not Vasco.

  7. someone says:

    Ha ha I love the comments PLP