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Saturday, December 22, 2007

St. Michael's or Labour Procession - Vila Franca do Campo - Sao Miguel

The religious spirit of the Azorean is made keen by natural catastrophes and the isolation to which they were subjected for centuries, during which visits by ships were few and far between and inter-island relations were very weak, is expressed in forms that testify to the past and to a way of life that still persists.

A throw-back to the Middle Ages and the corporations of craftsmen in a procession in which the various professions gather round the litter bearing their patron saint. The colours of the surplices worn by the participants define their profession. A splendid and long procession. Take's place on the Sunday following the 8th May.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I would like to thank you for this beautiful site.

Not only is it beautiful in and of itself - for its content, aesthetics and the particular images you choose - but it is also of special beauty for me: I was conceived on Sao Miguel, just outside of Vila Franca. Although I have only been back once many years ago, I plan to return again this year.

Your site is very helpful in showing me (and others) the soul and beauty of this special place.

Muito obrigada!

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