SLIDESHOW: Thousands Attend Festa Junina in Framingham

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FRAMINGHAM – One of the largest festivals in MetroWest happened on Saturday night in Framingham.

St. Tarcisius Catholic Church hosted its first in-person Festa Junina last night, June 11.

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

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 dress in farm clothes.

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

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