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May 15, 2011

Carrying on the Portuguese Family Tradition

The Portuguese tradition of going to 'festas' and walking in Portuguese parades is one I grew up with.  My entire childhood and into my teen years, was spent attending the Portuguese Holy Ghost Society events all summer long. 

Traditional Portuguese food, dancing, parades, auctions and church ceremonies are deeply embedded in my memory.  At the time, I didn't give them a second thought,
they were just part of life but once becoming a teenager, my interest in the 'festas' dwindled.  My parents continued to go all throughout the years.

It wasn't until last year, when the kids and I met my parents at the Novato Holy Ghost Society fundraiser-auction that I really became interested in this tradition once again.  I realized how much fun this was for kids, because, I found my kids totally LOVE going.  Where else would the action of  kids running around in a hall filled with people, slipping and sliding across the hardwood floor in their socks be cherished and enjoyed by the adults? 

My childhood memories came flooding back.  I had to carry on this tradition before it was lost to the next generation.

Fast forward to one year later.  After attending a few of the 'festas' throughout the year, we attended the Novato Portuguese auction again yesterday.  But this time around, both Bryce and Paige felt a little more connected to it.

When I asked Bryce if he wanted to go yesterday, he says,
"The Porkagese festa?!!  Can I miss my T-Ball game and go straight there?!!"

Paige felt right at home also.  Last October she was asked to be the 'Little Queen' for Petaluma Holy Ghost Society, where my parents and our family are members.  She has about five parades to walk in this summer, but she says she's up for it. I never walked as a 'queen' in the parades but both of my sisters did.  I was always a side maid or flower girl and walked in many parades growing up.  Now that I'm a mom, I'm so glad Paige wants to carry on this tradition.

At the auction, yesterday, a lunch of linguica, beans, sweet bread and salad is served, family style, at long banquet tables.















Grandma and Grandpa were so proud to have two of their grand kids at the auction.


All Bryce wanted to do was buy something, you know how he is at auctions.













All Paige wanted to do was dance for everyone and slide and spin on the floor.













Lots of goodies to be bought at the auction.

















A good turnout as well.













Bryce did get to raise his hand at the auction.  We came home with a nice package of linguica, my favorite Portuguese Sao Jorge cheese and some eggs.  The makings of a perfect Sunday breakfast.













What's your family's special tradition?

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