Community celebrates Feast of Holy Ghost

Dancers in traditional garb celebrated the Feast of the Holy Ghost at the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs. — Photo by Michael Cummo

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The annual Feast of the Holy Ghost, hosted by the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs, took place Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, traditional Portuguese cuisine, live music, games, and drinks graced the P-A Club. Sunday’s parade from the Oak Bluffs Steamship Authority to the P-A Club ended with a Portuguese dance performance.

With traditions rooted in the story of a Spanish king’s daughter who defied her father to associate with the poor, it is one of the most cherished Portuguese celebrations, carried to the Island by immigrants from the Azores.

“In the United States, the culture of the Holy Ghost feast connected new Azorean immigrants to their homeland,” according to the P-A Club website. “It was, and still is, a way to unite, pray, celebrate, and remember their roots.”

In 2013, Yankee Magazine named the event one of its “Top 20 Events” in Massachusetts.