La Aventura with Patti & James

06 July 2018 | Faial Island –Atlantic Portugal
24 June 2018 | National Holiday day in Faial
22 June 2018 | afternoon whale watching boat trip
20 June 2018 | an enjoyable day trip to another island.
19 June 2018 | Fabulous Faial. – Azorean Island
18 June 2018 | Faial Island – Horta Harbour - Mid Atlantic
29 May 2018 | Mid Atlantic - in the middle of nowhere
26 May 2018 | the cruising yachtsman’s haven
25 May 2018 | party day in Hamilton
10 May 2018 | Vero Beach/Ft Pierce –road trip to Jacksonville.
12 April 2018 | Vibeke onboard
17 March 2018 | lovely to return to Belize and Mexico and meet up with sailing friends along the way
24 January 2018 | I have become so interested in Guatemala textiles
17 January 2018 | So great to catchup with so many friends and our families
01 November 2017 | what a wonderful Guatemalan fiesta to experience
29 October 2017 | Volcanic crater
28 October 2017 | Antiqua - Guatemala

Feast of St John

24 June 2018 | National Holiday day in Faial
IMAGE – various images

We are so lucky – we are here on Faial on the day the island holds its official holiday on 24 June.

The Feast of St John is celebrated annually on 24 June, at the village church devoted to St John.

As in many catholic countries there is a local fiesta associated with the little village patron saint and church every weekend. But here were are around for the biggest party of the year.

This celebration is a two days affair – commencing on Saturday afternoon, through to a midnight bonfire and then on Sunday a traditional church service and procession, followed by more music and dance entertainment.

Late afternoon on Saturday 23rd June we caught a local taxi up from the harbour, inland to where the St John fiesta was being celebrated.

It was a very local affair. Stalls had been set-up along the local adjoining streets – the men were busy serving drinks and the local ladies very busy cooking us local dishes. A whole pig was being roasted over wood coals in a nearby field – wow – this is how the locals party – good, drinks and entertainment!

As we arrived, folk dancers and traditional music filled the small square in front of the tiny traditional church.

A little later, the music changed pace with the islands Dixie Band blasting out some traditional foot-taping favourites.

The next entertainment show was the local children’s dance group – all ages enjoying performing for their families and friends – all very local. Very proud and fun loving participants.

The total population of Faial is approx. 16,000 – by well into the night several thousand locals of all ages crowded into the church square and surrounding streets to party well into the night – it felt like to the whole island was on big night out.

We enjoyed talking with some of the locals – everyone was very open, friendly and interesting to talk with. They are very welcoming to sailors.
Vessel Name: La Aventura
Crew: James & Patti

Who: James & Patti