The Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres Festivities is the most important religious event in the Azores islands and the second biggest in Portugal.
Ponta Delgada turns into a thriving city with live music, flowers in the street, illuminated monuments and squares, many activities for children, and delicious street food trucks.
Find out more about these festivities in an article by Melissa Masvaleix, from Futurismo.
The celebration of Festas do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres are on the fifth Sunday after Easter. Sunday is when the procession takes place, however, the festivities last from Friday to the following Thursday.
Thousands of locals, but also people from other islands, the mainland, and also Azorean immigrants come to São Miguel at this time of the year for the festivities.
The first procession took place in April 11th, 1700. Legend says that it was a very cloudy Sunday in the middle of a seismic crisis. Mother Teresa of the Anunciada was the one responsible for the procession.
A group of locals decided to do a procession with the image of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres. They chose this particular day because the big earthquake was spreading terror and they needed divine help.
Read more on Futurismo's Blog article.