Easter tradition in Sao Bras de Alportel

The "Festa das Tochas Floridas" is a tradition with hundreds of years old relives it every year for the Easter season in São Brás de Alportel in Algarve. It is an event that attracts many domestic and foreign tourists.

Algarve Car Hire - festa das Tochas FloridasThe preparation of the Feast of Hallelujah is a community task, which involves hundreds or even thousands of people, both in the collection of many flowers, leaves and herbs needed to make rugs that give color and smell that characterize the event, either in execution Decorations and maintenance. Men still dedicate themselves to build torches individual flowers, a task they take with pride and creativity.

The tradition passed on from generation to generation and is, somehow, a hallmark of sambrasenses, even of those who left the county, region or even the country that are alive and well keep their children.

"Almost all sambrasenses around the country and even the world - France, USA, Canada, usually come spend the Easter holidays here. Some just come here at this time. There is also a large community in the area of ​​sambrasense Lavradio, Montijo and Almada. Even the youngest, despite not living here, keep the tradition, "he said.

This is a religious festival, but also a manifestation of popular nature. "There is an interesting detail, which is the clarifying voice, which makes the arbutus. Men usually carry a bottle in the suit and occasionally sipping away fro the mountain. This is done as a ritual, "a part of the festival that 'not very pleasing to the Prior," but that ultimately tolerate this practice.

During the procession, the men sing: "He is risen as he said! Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah! "

And where have all the flowers? People catch the flowers of the field all week. Who is on vacation will harvest them, there are associations that are organized to do so. The organizing committee is composed of the Parish, the House of São Brás and the Cultural Association Sambrasense. All the flowers that make up the torches and beautiful carpets that adorn the streets are wild flowers of the region.

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