LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – A holiday weekend tradition many of Portuguese descent look forward to each year is back in western Massachusetts. This Labor Day weekend marks the 74th annual “Our Lady of Fatima Festa.”

The event held in Ludlow started Thursday evening, with things kicking off at 6:00 p.m, and celebrates the anniversary and dedication to Our Lady of Fatima. Festa brings tens of thousands of people to the region annually to celebrate.

Lisa Botta of the Our Lady Fatima Festa committee told 22News about a special event during that will take place on Sunday, “We have a mass before we start the candle light procession and everyone prays and walks down the street with a candle light. It’s absolutely beautiful.”

There will also be music, fireworks and of course lots of food. The festival wraps up Sunday night with an open-air mass and candlelight procession.