After the Reading of the Will, the Caretos, followed by all the people, go on a parade to the treshing floor of the village.
Carnival in Lazarim is still very authentic. Here, on Tuesday, the "caretos" (people wearing a mask like this one and also costumes) come to the street to show their originality. These masks are sculpted on alder wood, by a few artisans in the village. It takes many hours to do a mask like this one. Each participant has a new mask every year because there is a contest for the best masks and also for the best "caretos". The masks may have horns, moustache, snakes...
There are several villages in the north of Portugal and also in Spain where these celebrations with masks take place. According to some studies, they have their origins in the Celtic cults and they are closely related to the winter solstice and also to fertility.
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Waylim (25368) 2014-03-10 19:16
very nice and authentic celebration of Carnival. It's been way too long since I was last been to a carnival. I love the traditional costume, looks very homemade and charming without being too extravagant like in the bigger cities. Very nice.
fabbs99 (16813) 2014-03-10 21:32
Nice colorful composition of the Carnival in Lazarim.Sharp and crisp image.Very well composed photo with excellent vivid colors. TFS.
jjcordier (78372) 2014-03-10 23:40
Un beau masque mais j'aime particulièrement son costume très coloré. Jolie prise!
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-03-11 0:33
magnificent continuation of your series.This is Portugal we haven´t known yet,but so interesting and intriquing with its cultural heritage.
Excellent composition and really great looking costume.
Have a nice day
carlo62 (37340) 2014-03-11 0:38
hai fatto un bellissimo servizio a questo caratteristico carnevale, tante belle foto e tra le tante ho scelto questa dove si riesce ad apprezzare la maschera nel suo intero, oltre a una bella ambientazione.
holmertz (43795) 2014-03-11 3:15
This is a very nice composition with a well chosen vertical shape. The person with the fantastic costume and mask is well placed and I enjoy the glimpse in the background of other participants walking along the narrow street. The houses frame the view very nicelly.
wolf38 (31284) 2014-03-11 10:13
Hello Ana. The photos from local Customs I like very much. The figure with floral decoration and mask is a true feast for the eyes. In addition, best composition and natural colors.
Best rgds, Wolfgang
dekanski (3916) 2014-03-11 10:53
for me, much more interesting caretos is one in the background (with, on a donkey - if I'm right). I hope we will see it on some of the following photographs.
It's great that you introduced us to the Carnival in Lazarim.
ourania (35164) 2014-03-11 15:14
another great Careto portrait full of charm and mystery. I like very much how this fascinating "character" is standing in your vertical frame, so colourful and interesting, facing the lens. The cobblestone, the rustic background and the glimpse of the procession that follows offer superb complementary context and make the picture most rewarding. I love both the bright and the moody colours. The colours and atmosphere of the cloudy day match the mystery and fascination of the Caretos really well. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a good night,
Periko (3373) 2014-03-12 17:47
Esta es una aportación muy interesante. Me gusta la luz difusa en tu foto, la calle adoquinada y las casas, asi como la indumentaria del personaje.
Noel_Byrne (26651) 2014-03-16 5:03
What a fascinating costume and mask. And your choice of angle to take this is inspired, giving a brilliant sense of place and the moment. Colors are superb and a tremendous sense of depth from the way. An see down the laneway behind. Great subject and capture.
All the best
fanni (14381) 2014-03-26 12:58
I love such carnivals!:)
this unusual very colourful figure with a mask reminded me of those which I saw in Luzern last February.
Excellent vertical composition!
best wishes :)
worldcitizen (7441) 2014-03-27 11:49
All of your Carnival photos are nice, and this one is especially colorful. I like seeing the whole costume, with the cobblestone road beneath the person. We can also get a feeling for this village with a view of some houses. It looks like a charming place.
jmdias (58185) 2014-07-01 18:06
muito bonita esta vista com o homem fantasiado em cores e com a máscara típica da região. gosto dos detalhes urbanos visíveis ao redor. linda foto, parabéns.
PS:por aqui tivemos um dia frio com geada nas baixadas e dois abaixo de zero na cidade mais fria.