Here's my last post of this event this year.
It's a moment of joy. The moment the prizes are given, the caretos finally take off their heavy wooden masks. This is the one I've posted before, with the lizard at the top. It got second prize and was one of my favourites. Hope to return next year!
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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lousat (78445) 2014-03-17 15:53
Hi Ana,very nice the moving effect of the woman beside the mask,a very original close up made with the best DOF and perfect colors too.Have a good night and thanks,Luciano
jjcordier (76976) 2014-03-18 0:04
Même le masque semble ravi de cette seconde place. Joli moment que tu as immortalisé!
jemaflor (86086) 2014-03-18 0:50
another good shot about this evenement, well these two faces and the smiling lady, a contrast with the wooden face in the Fg, good sharpness.
Nicou (124229) 2014-03-18 6:26
un sacré masque de bois sueprbe avec les dents et m'eme ces corne quelle aimge et scène sueprbe vue il se promène dans la rue.
Bravo et amitié
jmdias (56625) 2014-07-06 14:40
outra foto maravilhosa. e vc foi sortuda aqui com o belo sorriso da mulher ao apanhar a máscara. linda compo. parabéns.