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In Podence, a tiny village in the north-east of Portugal, about 40 men dressed in stripes of red, yellow and green wool sporting leather belts with cowbells will spend the three days before Lent running wild in the streets playing tricks on the unsuspecting girls. They are the Caretos and it seems these rituals were left by the Lupercalia wich was a very ancient, possibly pre-Roman pastoral festival, observed on February 13 through 15 to avert evil spirits and purify the city, releasing health and fertility. Lupercalia subsumed Februa, an earlier-origin spring cleansing ritual held on the same date, which gives the month of February (Februarius) its name.
This text was published here on March the 14th of 2014 but with another photo.

Now, for they were recognized by Unesco and because one old friend, one of them is gone, I will drink and think and smile, in memoriam, for all who have left us, there and everywhere.
Cheers

John FitzGerald, RHH, Dimas Sequeira, Xata and 25 other people have particularly liked this photo


46 comments - The latest ones
 Erhard Bernstein
Erhard Bernstein club
HFF José!
7 weeks ago.
J. Gafarot club
has replied to Erhard Bernstein club
Thank you very much Erhard.
Happy Sunday
7 weeks ago.
 LotharW
LotharW club
HFF, José und ein farbenfrohes Wochenende!
7 weeks ago.
J. Gafarot club
has replied to LotharW club
Thank you very much Lothar.
Happy Sunday
7 weeks ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
A great capture JG.
Enjoy your weekend and thank you for posting to FFF.
7 weeks ago.
J. Gafarot club
has replied to Jeff Farley club
Thank you very much Jeff.
Enjoy an happy Sunday.
7 weeks ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Joyful and colourful José.
HFF and a happy weekend.
7 weeks ago.
J. Gafarot club
has replied to Jaap van 't Veen club
Thank you Jaap.
Happy Sunday to you.
7 weeks ago.
 Herb Riddle
Herb Riddle club
A real happy fence here. Well done.

HFF, enjoy the weekend. Herb
7 weeks ago.
J. Gafarot club
has replied to Herb Riddle club
Thank you Herb.
Happy Sunday.
7 weeks ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Wonderful shot and info! HFF! Stay well!

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7 weeks ago.
J. Gafarot club
has replied to William Sutherland club
Thank you William Sutherland.
Happy Sunday.
7 weeks ago.
 Christa1004
Christa1004 club
Interesting and colourful tradition, thanks for sharing the information. "Prosit" and HFF, José.
7 weeks ago.
J. Gafarot club
has replied to Christa1004 club
Thank you very Much Christa.
I am happy you liked it.
Wish you a great Sunday.
7 weeks ago.
 Dida From Augsburg
Dida From Augsburg club
There are similar traditions also here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swabian-Alemannic_Fastnacht

Nice colorful shot - HFF and a good WE, José!
7 weeks ago.
J. Gafarot club
has replied to Dida From Augsburg club
Thank you Dida.
Quite interesting what you have shown, in Spain they also have some variations of it but I find those are colour champions of these festivities.
Happy Sunday to you.
7 weeks ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Fabulous colours and a superb capture with very interesting notes Jose
I wish you HFF and a safe/healthy weekend
7 weeks ago.
J. Gafarot club
has replied to Roger (Grisly) club
Thank you Roger.
I am happy you liked the note.
Enjoy a nice and peaceful Sunday.
7 weeks ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Some beautifully colourful garments behind the fence and a lady with a lovely smile!
HFF José and wish you a good weekend.
7 weeks ago.
J. Gafarot club
has replied to Rosalyn Hilborne club
Thank you Rosalyn.
I am somewhat surprised for the lady because some yeras ago they had in fact some girls doing it but they got out of the "game".
It is supposed to be a young man's rite.
Unless . . . it was your smile but in that case double thanks.
Happy Sunday, here we have some fog...
7 weeks ago.
 vero
vero club
très belle tradition, de magnifiques costumes colorées, j'aime HFF José bon weekend, bisous
7 weeks ago.
J. Gafarot club
has replied to vero club
Merci vero.
J'y suis attaché parce que un des leurs fut mon ami pendant 60 ans.
Merci pour tes voeux..
Bisous pour toi.
7 weeks ago.
 J.Garcia
J.Garcia club
Os Caretos na varanda!!
Bela, luminosa e muito agradável, Zé
HFF também para o Zé
7 weeks ago.
J. Gafarot club
has replied to J.Garcia club
Obrigado Judite.
Bom Domingo para si, por cá "isto" está muito nevoeirento.
Os termos nascem à medida . . .
Sorriso.
7 weeks ago.
 Günter Klaus
Günter Klaus club
....das ist ja ein schöner Brauch lieber Gafarot mit diesen bunten Kostümen,schön ist deine Aufnahme dazu:))

.........wünsche noch ein schönes Wochenende,ganz liebe Grüße Güni:))
7 weeks ago.
J. Gafarot club
has replied to Günter Klaus club
Thank you Güni.
I am pleased to know you liked it.
Happy Sunday.
7 weeks ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
HFF ! Have a great and colorful weekend, José !
7 weeks ago.
J. Gafarot club
has replied to Ulrich John club
Thank you John, wish you a peaceful and sunny Sunday.
7 weeks ago.
 Petar Bojić
Petar Bojić club
HFF and have a good weekend!
7 weeks ago.
J. Gafarot club
has replied to Petar Bojić club
Thank you Petar.
Enjoy a great Sunday.
7 weeks ago.
 Ecobird
Ecobird club
An attractive and colourful image Jose and great notes. I love the costumes and the air of festivity. What a lovely tradition.

HFF and have a good weekend
7 weeks ago.
J. Gafarot club
has replied to Ecobird club
Thank you very much Carol.
They are something to remember...and the village has only 765 inhabitants...
Up North and near ( 60 km ) to the nearest Spanish nearest border.
Happy Sunday and smile.
7 weeks ago.
 Erika+Manfred
Erika+Manfred club
HFF, enjoy your weekend
7 weeks ago.
J. Gafarot club
has replied to Erika+Manfred club
Thank you Erika+Manfred.
Enjoy a great Sunday.
7 weeks ago.
 Berny
Berny club
HFF and a sunny weekend, José!
7 weeks ago.
J. Gafarot club
has replied to Berny club
Thank you Berny.
Enjoy a nice Sunday.
7 weeks ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
HFF José... c'est bien que ces traditions traversent le temps et perdurent, merci pour le résumé !++++++
7 weeks ago.
J. Gafarot club
has replied to Jocelyne Villoing club
Merci pour tes mots Jocelyne.
Je te souhaite un bon Dimanche .
7 weeks ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
Wat een bonte kleurenpracht jose HFF en Mooi WE
7 weeks ago.
J. Gafarot club
has replied to Fred Fouarge club
Thank you Fred.
Happy Sunday to you.
7 weeks ago.
 Annalia S.
Annalia S. club
A joyful and colorful image, and a fitting tribute to those who are no longer with us. What stays with us, after all, are the good times, not just the cheerful ones, but the ones that made us feel the closeness. I raise my glass to your friend, José.

Belated HFF!
7 weeks ago.
J. Gafarot club
has replied to Annalia S. club
Those words are so close to my inner self that you can not imagine how they are touching me.
Now, 60 years after we met during very difficult times, everything seems surreal and that all of us were put togheter only to taste life at its more demanding.
And that creates a special bond that never disapears.
Like war.
7 weeks ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
Have a nice weekend.
7 weeks ago.
J. Gafarot club
has replied to Trudy Tuinstra club
Thank you Trudy.
Happy Sunday to you.
7 weeks ago.
 Xata
Xata club
Saudades deles, do M, de tanta coisa...
7 weeks ago.
 Dimas Sequeira
Dimas Sequeira club
Caretos à varanda, antecipando a folia! HFF atrasado, José!
7 weeks ago.

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