FRAMINGHAM – Harmony Grove Elementary School hosted a Festa Junina on Saturday, June 18.
Festa Junina, or June Festival, is a Catholic tradition that was introduced to Brazil during the country’s colonization by Portugal, as early as 1500.
The majority of the students at Harmony Grove Elementary are Brazilian.
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.
Checkered shirts, plaid dresses, and straw hats are popular. Some girls even braid their hair in pigtails.
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