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Most of the Azorean-Portuguese who came to Nevada became farmers and ranchers. Many of their descendants still live and work in the farming communities of Fallon, Lovelock, and Yerington. The cultural traditions have been kept alive, even in a new land. One of the most important religious holidays, the Holy Ghost festa, or Pentecostal festa, is still celebrated. This celebration commemorates Queen Isabel of Portugal. During a famine in the 13th century, the queen prayed for relief for the starving people, and ships full of food appeared in the harbor. It is said that she walked barefoot through the town to pray at the church and give thanks for the miracle.
In Nevada towns with Azorean-Portuguese
descendants, the miracle is remembered every year with a procession, the
crowning of a queen, and a large communal meal in the community or parish
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