Alenquer – “The Land of the Holy Ghost”
A document, dated September 18,
1279, confirms the existence of a Franciscan brotherhood and that it had
established a harboring home, deserving of Royal protection.
origins of the Feast of the Holy Ghost have historically been attributed
to Queen Isabel, the queen of peace, with the “Miracle of the Roses”.
In the 2010 presentation of “Alenquer –
“The Land of the Holy Ghost””, Alenquer mayor, Pedro Folgado, discussed
the various documents and writings confirming the origin being Alenquer.
The town of Alenquer is located near
Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.
Alenquer, the imperial feasts in Honor of the Holy Ghost, rapidly spread
to other villages of the queen.
The historian, Jaime Cortesão, recounts
the splendor in which the feasts took place in Leiria, Porto de Mós,
Óbidos, Torres Novas and Sintra. More or less altered by the locality
dynamics, the Feasts of the Holy Spirit, have thus become a world
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is The Feast of the Holy Ghost referred to as the Azorean
Alenquer suffered political alterations, the buildings were
abandoned and damaged during invasions, and the great traditions
declined after four centuries, and totally eliminated for long
periods. The Feast took place once in May of 1945. So it has not
been well known in recent history. Major restorations
in 2006 led to reinvigoration of the Feast, which re-started in 2007
and has continued to the present.
The tradition was carried to the Portuguese Territories and
colonies via the Orders of Christ during the exploration era. It took deep roots in the islands
of the Azores, where it still is an integral part of the Azorean
life. And naturally, as the people from the Azores migrated to the
various corners of world, they carried their traditions along, often
with stronger fervor and faith. The feasts are prevalent in New
England states and California, where large communities of Azoreans are