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The feast of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Holy Trinity, is a very popular feast celebrated in Lowell. Most participants, but not all, are from the Azores archipelago, a group of islands in the middle of the Atlantic ocean.

Nelia Borba, president of the Jantar da Festa da Santissima Trindade with her husband, Orlando Borba,, addressing the event guests.

A large celebratory dinner at a filled to capacity Holy Ghost Society Hall at 65 Village Street in Lowell, MA

Dinner consisted of the famous Soup of the Holy Spirit (This soup uses simple ingredients commonly used in Portuguese cuisine and makes a hearty meal) and a jar of vinho tinto. Also served was a Portuguese cozido which was followed by an alcatra in a traditional clay pot. For desert, trays of pão doce and the traditional arroz doce were placed on each table.

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Singer Ana da Silva accompanied by the Filarmónica do Divino Espírito Santo de Lowell

To end a magnificent evening everyone was treated to the sounds of traditional Azorean folk songs by various singers and musicians who delighted the audience.

Cantigas populares at Holy Ghost Society in Lowell, MA


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Feligenio Medeiros is the co-founder and editor of the digital magazine FEEL PORTUGAL IN THE USA. In July 2013 he, along with David Mendonça, co-founded the Portuguese-American Cultural Exchange, Inc. ( a non-profit organization that engages US and Portuguese cultures through fado music. In 2012 he launched the website, an online resource to identify venues featuring live fado in the US and a site dedicated to promoting Portuguese food and the Portuguese restaurants in New England. Feligenio is one of the founders of the Woburn Residents’ Environmental Network. In 2003 he started the Woburn Summer Concert Series, which continues to this day. He is a former owner of the Vellucci Insurance Agency, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a business that he owned until 2008. Feligenio’s digital media and web design experience expressed on his extended website portfolio featuring Portuguese restaurants, clubs, and organizations. He is also a passionate professional photographer specializing in food photography, fado events and performers. Feligenio is a US citizen and a native of the Azores Islands.

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