Community To Celebrate Portuguese Festival

May 2, 2024 | 1 Comment

This Saturday [May 4] and Sunday [May 5] will see the return of the annual Santo Cristo festival, scheduled to take place in the MSA courtyard.

A spokesperson said, “This Saturday, 4-5 May, will see the return of the annual Santo Cristo festival. This year, the festival will take place in the MSA courtyard which is where it all began. All members of the public are invited to attend free of charge.

“Additionally, the festival’s organizers are pleased to announce that Portuguese-Canadian musician, Júlio Lourenço, will be headlining the weekend’s festivities. Lourenço is a well-known performer of popular Portuguese music in his hometown of Montreal, Canada. His performances have run the full gambit of traditional and up-tempo Portuguese music.

“Also performing are a number of local acts: Vision School of Dance, Caroline Araujo, the Casa dos Açores children’s Folklore dancers and the Vasco da Gama Folklore dancers. DJ Scoobay of YGS will provide further musical entertainment for the evening.

“On Friday, 3 May, a special Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 pm in St. Theresa’s Cathedral.

Santo Cristo religious festivals Bermuda May 2024

“On Saturday, 4 May, a Mass will again be celebrated at 7:45 pm in St. Theresa’s Cathedral, where the statue of Senhor Santo Cristo will be transferred from the Chapel in which it is normally held into the sanctuary of the Cathedral. MSA will be open to the public for live entertainment.

“On Sunday, 5 May at 1:30 pm celebrations will commence with a Mass in St. Theresa’s Cathedral with a procession immediately following from the Cathedral, which will proceed through the streets of Hamilton.

“Immediately following the procession, festivities will continue at BAA, which include a bazaar, baked goods, auction, food & beverages and live entertainment. A raffle draw will take place at 8:00 pm. Anyone wanting to purchase or sell raffle tickets, can contact the Commissão Senhor Santo Cristo via email at

“Santo Cristo is an Azorean tradition that has been celebrated in Bermuda for many years by the Portuguese community. It is a religious veneration associated with an image of Jesus Christ, specifically a Renaissance-style representation of the Ecce Homo, and it dates back to 1700 in the Azorean city of Ponta Delgada.

“The festival is jointly organized in Bermuda by the Commissão Senhor Santo Cristo, the Vasco da Gama Club and the Portuguese Cultural Association [registered charity, #385]. Proceeds raised will support St Theresa’s Cathedral, the Commissão Senhor Santo Cristo and the Portuguese School of Bermuda.”

Santo Cristo Bermuda May 2024

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  1. Donna Lindo says:

    same weekend as Sail GP

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