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Feast of the 3 Saints – A 94 year-old tradition

Posted: September 10, 2017 at 10:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Alberto Suris

The long awaited weekend when we would be celebrating the Feast of the Three Saints and the Mahrajan was affected by a rainy Sunday that forced the organizers to change the order of events.

On Saturday, September 2, according to witnesses, the Mahrajan had a copious attendance not so on Sunday because of the rain. Thanks to the fact that their entire celebration takes place under a gigantic tent we were able to enjoy their delicious food and their contagious music although the enthusiastic crowd of dancers of previous years was not there to fill our pages with them.

Something similar happened with the feast of the Three Saints. The procession with the Three Saints that used to be held every Sunday was changed to Saturday, resulting in the crowd that used to march after the Vara in its usual way, was not there.

At the end of Saturday, at night, in front of St. Alfio’s building as usual, a huge crowd surrounded the Vara to receive the blessing of Fr. Lohan from St. Lucy’s Parish in Methuen. There was confetti, fireworks and much joy, to the rhythm of the shout ¡Viva San Alfio!