The 2013 Sanjoaninas Festival will take place between the 21st and 29th of June in Angra do Heroísmo, on Terceira Island, and has as it's central theme “Sea of Emotions”, an edition to bring together the emigrant community.
Ricardo Matias, president of the Festival Committee, described a “sea of emotions” as emotions brought about by the landscapes, food, heritage and festivities of Terceira as well as the good humour and hospitality of Terceira islanders.
The Sanjoaninas are the biggest popular festivities in the Azores and offer a visiting card for many tourists who journey to Terceira island, in order to partake in and share local traditions and customs.
This festivities date back to the XVI century and have always played a key role in the culture of the Azores. They begin with the opening procession and march of the queen and continue for several days, encompassing cultural, recreational, ethnographic and sporting activities.
One of the highpoints of the festivities is the Sanjoaninas Bullfighting Festival which is one of the most important events of its kind in the Iberian peninsular and includes bullfights, bullfights with ropes and bull runs in the streets.
This is one of the archipelago's festivals that should not be missed.
More information at http://www.visitportugal.com/Sanjoaninas