SUNDAY AT 6 PM
Festa Junina – Bay Area 2023
Ashkenaz in Berkeley.
- GA Presale: $20
- GA DoS: $25
Welcome to our annual Festa Junina! Where we celebrate our Brazilian Heritage with lots of music, dancing, good food and friendly community vibes.
This is an all ages event! Come Celebrate with us
Playing Live Forró Music: Veesh Maria.
Festa Junina or June Festivals, “festivities that occur in the month of June”), also known as festas de São João for their part in celebrating the nativity of St. John the Baptist (June 24), are the annual Brazilian celebrations adapted from European Midsummer that take place in the southern midwinter.
These festivities, which were introduced by the Portuguese during the colonial period (1500–1822), are celebrated during the month of June nationwide. The festival is mainly celebrated on the eves of the Catholic solemnities of Saint Anthony, Saint John the Baptist, and Saint Peter.
Dances throughout the festival surround “quadrilha”.
Most of these dances emerge from 19th-century Europe, which were brought by the Portuguese. The “quadrilha” features couple formations around a mock wedding whose bride and groom are the central focus of the dance. This reflects the fertility of the land. There are various types of dance within the category of quadrilha. Cana-Verde, a subcategory of fandango dance styles, are more popular in the south and are primarily improvised.
Dances involving Bumba Meu Boi are also present during this festival. Here, the dance revolves around a woman desiring to eat the tongue of an ox. Her husband kills the ox, to the dismay of the ox’s owner. A healer enters and resuscitates the ox, and all participants celebrate.
Accompanying these dances is a genre of music known as Forró.
This traditional genre primarily uses accordions and triangles, and focuses on the life and struggle of caipiras. The music greatly focuses on saudade, a feeling of nostalgia or forlorn, for rural farm life.