Brazilian “Arraial” in Stoughton – August 2014

August 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Brazil, Director's Blog

The “Festa Juninas” or June Festivals, is a traditional festival celebrated for many years all over Brazil, each region adapting these celebrations to their own customs. Every year the Brazilian Communities of the Archdiocese of Boston celebrate this festival, which causes many of them to overflow into the months of July and August. This was the case of the Brazilian community of Immaculate Conception Parish in Stoughton, MA; this year they celebrated their “June Festival” on August 16th.

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A young volunteer of the community wearing a country hat and colorful make-up, typical of these festivals.

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Fr. Michael Harrington (Director of the Office of Outreach and Cultural Diversity) and Fr. Jose Eduardo Marques (Brazilian priest serving at Immaculate Conception, Stoughton)

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A couple from the Brazilian community of Stoughton enjoying the night with their young daughter.

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Fr. Jose Eduardo Marques (Brazilian priest serving the community), Fr. Joseph Mazzone (Pastor of Immaculate Conception) and Fr. Derek Borek who also serves the parish, at the festival.

Surpassing all expectations, this year’s festival had a great turn out. It was a night of fun  for all of those who attended and even those who volunteered. You could see the joy in everyone’s face. It was truly a great event!

This year’s festival was wonderful! It was very family oriented, and all the families were able to enjoy the festival with their kids. The best part was that everyone had the chance to eat a lot of traditional Brazilian food that we all miss dearly. We were happy to be able to put on an event of such good quality! – Henelris Marotti, member of the Brazilian Community in Stoughton and volunteer at the event.

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With tents serving different traditional food and games for kids, the “Arraial” of Stoughton welcomed a great crowd.

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The night was enjoyed by friends and family, of all age groups.

As a result of the hard work of all the volunteers and the unity of this community, this festival was successful and truly something to be proud of. With bouncy games (and other games/activities) for the kids, traditional food and music and a great show of the traditional dance called “quadrilha” which is typical of these festivals, this festival offered something for all ages, giving a real feeling as if you were back in Brazil. For the Brazilians attending this festival, it was as if they were really back home.

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Fr. Jose Eduardo Marques with a group of volunteers.

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Parishioners dancing “quadrilha” the traditional dance of these festivals.

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Brazilian couple wearing traditional “festa junina” attire.

We were able to experience the fraternity in our community, all working together with joy and dedication so that everyone attending the event could enjoy to the fullest that beautiful party. It’s really good to know that even from far away, we can still maintain alive the culture of our country! – Glaucia Prado, volunteer.

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