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FRAMINGHAM – One of the largest festivals in MetroWest will take place on Saturday in Framingham.

St. Tarcisius Catholic Church will host Festa Junina on June 11 from 5 to 11 p.m.

Expect traffic delays along Route 135 all night.

This Brazilian celebration features costumes, traditional music and dance, as well as a BBQ.

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Festa Junina, or the June Festival, is a Catholic tradition that was introduced to Brazil during the country’s colonization by Portugal, as early as 1500. The festival is based on an European Midsummer festival, which celebrates the saints — Saint Anthony, Saint John the Baptist, and Saint Peter – and the harvest, thus why some attendees may dress in farm clothes.

Denim shorts, checkered shirts, and straw hats are popular. Some girls even braid their hair in pigtails.

The festival in Framingham is one of the largest – if not the largest – Festa Junina in New England.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.