The celebration brings thousands of people and includes lively parades and large feasts. As part of the tradition, soup and bread are handed out to celebrants following a procession. This year, the values of solidarity and sharing will be reinforced with the distribution of more than 13,000 meals.
The Holy Spirit Festival in Ponta Delgada was brought back by the City ten years ago. And to celebrate the 10th anniversary they will offer more food boxes to more than 43 nonprofits during the Festival.
The 10th edition will also have 32 events, starting with a conference about the “Holy Spirit in the Popular Tradition”, the distribution of the food boxes, and the sharing of the traditional ‘Holy Spirit’ soups to about 13,000 people. The 24 parishes of Ponta Delgada are also participating in a Parade with 50 oxcarts and 30 floats. The traditional mass will be given by Angra do Heroísmo bishop and the procession will have about 100 crowns, 100 flags and 12 bands.