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Include the Lincoln Festa in your weekend plans

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For more information on the Festa, visit facebook.com/lincolnfesta. 

Attending the annual Lincoln Holy Ghost Festa this Saturday and Sunday isn’t just about eating ethnic foods and taking the family to the adjacent Butler Amusements Carnival, running tonight through Sunday.

Rather, it’s about respecting our Portuguese neighbors’ tradition and sharing in their rich heritage.

The Lincoln Holy Ghost Association celebrates its 95th annual Portugeuse celebration this weekend and invites all residents to attend the parades, watch the ceremonies and enjoy sopas (wine-marinated beef cooked throughout the night, served with a French bread soaked in the beef sauce). 

 A nonprofit group generously gives of their time and financial resources to put on the free Festa each year. That group is known as A.P.D.E.S., Associação Portuguesa do Divino Espírito Santo or the Lincoln Holy Ghost Association.

The annual Lincoln Holy Ghost Festa commemorates the miraculous feeding and break of drought in Portugal during the 13th century. The Festa honors Queen St. Isabel of Portugal. Portuguese communities throughout the states have re-enacted the miracles of her holy queen since her canonization into Sainthood in the 17th century. The Portuguese continue this annual tradition with faith and beliefs of Holy Spirit miracles. 

The Lincoln Holy Ghost Festa features parades, music, presentation of the Queens, dance, Mass and the sopas.

Lincoln’s Portuguese residents have always been generous to the community.

Lincoln Area Archives Museum documents show that the Placer County Portuguese Holy Ghost Association bought property at the current location of McBean Park at 65 McBean Park Drive in the early 1900s. The association members then planted trees and built a small chapel that still stands today near the park’s barbecue and swimming pool area.

The Lincoln Holy Ghost Association donated that property to the city of Lincoln in 1956 so it would be a park for the whole community to enjoy.

Today, McBean Park is probably the most popular site in Lincoln for all ages, from the playground to the Pavilion building to the baseball stadium.

The first Lincoln Holy Ghost Festa was held in May 1923. This festival is a long-standing tradition in Lincoln.

If you’ve never attended the annual celebration or if it has been some years since attending, visit McBean Park this weekend or St. Joseph Catholic Church (280 Oaktree Lane) at 10 a.m. Sunday for a special mass.

Help our Portuguese residents celebrate. It’s a neighborly tradition that never goes out of style.