This festival is held each year in honour of Senhor Bom Jesus Iguape and celebrates the miracle that was said to occur when fishermen found his statue on the beach at Iguape in 1647.
During the festival, which is held from 27th July to 7th August this year,many thousands of pilgrims visit Iguape and many attend mass in the basilica there.
The old road to Iguape which passes over the Jureia mountains passes by my front gate. Hundreds of pilgrims choose to re-enact the original journey on horse back or using horse drawn vehicles, and this year fine weather ensured a fine turn out.
I was able to take photos as riders passed by and chatted with a local family who paused at my gate to have lunch. It is a very convivial occasion when old and new friends enjoy being kindred spirits.