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Carnival

It’s Carnival season!!! Celebrated all over Portugal – enjoy a festival of lively Samba music, dance and of course, spectacular costumes. These elaborate creations have to be seen to be believed! Many people spend months preparing their costumes for the celebration. From feathers to metal to sequins, with a little bit of flesh - you will see it all! 

The tradition of Carnival was introduced several centuries ago by Catholics in Italy who started holding a wild costume festival the night before the first day of Lent. Because Catholics are not supposed to eat meat during that period, they called their festival ‘Carnevale’, which means 'to put away the meat'. In time, Carnivals spread in popularity to France, Spain and eventually all the Catholic countries of Europe.

The high point is on Carnival Tuesday, a public holiday here, when many towns and cities across the country come to a complete standstill as lively parades of gaily-coloured floats fill the streets. The biggest and brightest Mardi Gras parades can be found in Ovar, Sesimbra, Torres Vedras and Loulé, where you’ll find the oldest continuously running Carnaval in the country. Celebrating 100 years, Loulé lays claim to one impressive party! Here they flaunt parades with floats, samba groups, dancers and the ever-present and enjoyed, giant caricatures that roam the streets.

For Portugal, Carnival is a show. The parades, the costumes, the music, the floats, the people, the food – it will have you awestruck. There are parties everywhere and everyone is happy, lively and welcoming.

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