Holy spirit

‘Festa of the Holy Spirit’ planned for Ferndale – Times-Standard

The Portuguese Eel River Valley Halls Association invites the public to celebrate the 98th “Festa of the Holy Spirit” on June 5 in Ferndale, where the event began in 1924.

The 2022 festival begins with Mass and the Blessing of Wreaths at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Assumption in Ferndale, followed by lunch at the Portuguese Hall at noon, where a traditional meal of sopas and alcatra will be served, and locally made Portuguese sweetbreads from Patch Fraga from Patches’ Pastries in Ferndale will be on sale. There is no charge for lunch, but donations will be accepted.

The association will also hold a silent auction of locally donated items.

A press release for this event explained its origins: “The Feast of the Holy Spirit originated in the 13th century when the Portuguese people suffered from famine and poverty due to prolonged famine and drought. Queen Isabella came out of her castle to lead the people in prayer and comfort them. To appease the children, she placed her crown on their heads. Their prayers were answered and ships appeared on the horizon laden with food. People threw a big party after which the long-awaited rains came. Every year since then, in Portugal, the Azores Islands or in any country where the Portuguese people have taken up residence, the traditional feast of the Holy Spirit is celebrated.