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Friday, January 4, 2008

Festivals - Pico Island - Azores

Festival of Bom Jesus - São Mateus
Well attended. The parish is colourfully decorated for the occasion. Music supplied by bands. One of the most important religious festivals in the Azores, the high point being the Ecce Home. Every year on 6th August.

Festivals of the Whaling Men - Lajes do Pico
Dates back to 1883, with the arrival of an image of Our Lady of Lourdes. The whaling men gradually took part in the festival over years. Splendid religious procession. Evening festivity with music and dancing. Last week in August.

Festival of St. Mary Madalene
Traditional festival with a varied programme, including a procession and other liturgical ceremonies, festivities with music, dancing and illuminations. 22nd July. Grape harvest festival in the second week in September.

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