Festa Da Roca Novembro 2013 Immaculate Conception Stoughton

November 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Brazil, Director's Blog, Latin America

The Brazilian Community at Immaculate Conception Parish in Stoughton had a big celebration last week (Festa Da Roca Novembro). Many people attended. The Festival was similar to what the Brazilians are used to having which is a Festa Junina.

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Festa Junina (June Festival), also known as festa de São João (nativity of St. John the Baptist), are the annual Brazilian celebrations historically related to European Midsummer that take place in the beginning of the Brazilian winter. These festivities, which were introduced by the Portuguese during the colonial period (1500-1822), are celebrated during the month of June nationwide both in Brazil and Portugal, but are particularly associated with Northeastern Brazil. The feast is mainly celebrated on the eves of the Catholic solemnities of Saint AnthonySaint John the Baptist, and Saint Peter.

As Northeastern Brazil is largely arid or semi-arid these popular festivals not only coincide with the end of the rainy seasons of most states in the northeast but they also provide the people with an opportunity to give thanks to Saint John for the rain. They also celebrate rural life and feature typical clothingfooddance (particularly quadrilha, which is similar to square dancing). Like Midsummer and Saint John’s Day in Portugal and Scandinavian countries, São João celebrates marital union. The “quadrilha” features couple formations around a mock wedding whose bride and groom are the central attraction of the dancing.

The celebrations usually take place in an arraial, a huge tent made of raw material (with a thatched roof) that was reserved for special parties in old rural areas. Men dress up as farm boys with large straw hats and women wear pigtails, freckles, painted gap teeth and red-checkered dresses, all in a loving tribute to the origins of Brazilian country music, and of themselves, some of whom are recent immigrants from the countryside to cities such as OlindaRecifeMaceió and Salvador, and some of whom return to the rural areas during that season to visit family. However, nowadays, São João festivities are extremely popular in all urban areas and among all social classes. In the Northeast, they are as popular as Carnival. Like during Carnival, these festivities involve costume-wearing (in this case, peasant costumes), dancing, drinking, and visual spectacles (fireworks display and folk dancing).

See some pictures below. Then click on link to see slideshow.

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For a slideshow of pictures click here

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