And, as Carnival finished almost two weeks ago, my series is also almost finished. This is the moment the dolls are burnt in the treshing floor of the village. Nowadays they have some fireworks inside to give a nicer effect.
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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bukitgolfb301 (41438) 2014-03-15 16:19
Hi Hola dear Ana, how are you? Sorry for my late reply as so busy weekday.
Great festival sereis, I enjoyed so much, as you see, my main subjcet is the festival---. Great documentation, I want to witness and shoot next year,
so unique and also solemn atmosphere is vry well shared via your nice shots.
All the best and have a good Sunday! TAKERO
emilbo (22616) 2014-03-15 16:26
Avnt d'ouvrir la photo, je croyais que c'était une vraie petite fille. Il s'en passe des chose dans un carnaval et cette photo est hors de l'ordinaire. Je ne sais pas pourquoi mais je vois derrière une dame qui la larme à l'oeil. Les couleurs de la poupée sont très jolies et attirent l'attention.
Passe un bon dimanche,
abmdsudi (53615) 2014-03-15 23:30
Mustn't forget the vibrant and colourful main character of the carnival, drawing my attention instantly here; the doll waiting for its fate while the expressions in the background look decidedly unimpressed and don't appear to enjoy for the occasion! Wonder what they're thinking, the reason is understandable, perhaps too sad to end in this manner. This close up is excellent well observed and shot that has more overall visual interest and suggests at a story to tell.. the detail in the costumes is something else! Well done shot but sad way to end the carnival and your serie... Congrats
Nicou (141118) 2014-03-16 0:07
quelle vue de carnaval sueprbe ils brûlent le bonhomme hiver sueprbe couleur et les personnages au dessus quelle compo.
Bravo et amitié
jcpix (13916) 2014-03-16 8:30
Quite a cast of characters in the background watching this pass by, there's interest in all facets of this shot. The smoke definitely enhances the atmosphere and reinforces the events action. I really like the stark contrast between the bright and colorful doll as a main point of focus against the more muted tones of the backdrop. This has been a fun series to follow, festive and full of personality. Thanks for taking us along. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Take care.
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-03-17 1:47
superb continuation of your series!
This time,thanks to this smoke you were able to create and convey more "mysterious" aspect and character of this event.
Also for contrast reasons is the shot so spectacular.
Have a nice day
tenretin (2555) 2014-03-17 5:36
Thank you for sharing with us the photographic moments. Your series of shots is interesting and the accompanying notes.