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A moment with so much movement, when shepherd and goats are moving around the chapel.

It was taken during the Feast of Santo Antonio dos Cabaços, on Saint Anthony's day, in the mountain, not far from Mangualde, near Viseu. There's a very old feast that takes place there, near a small church devoted to S. António dos Cabaços. On this day, in the morning, most part of the shepherds in the area bring their goats and sheep for the celebrations. The tradition started because the shepherds moved their flocks from the Estrela Mountain to Montemuro Mountain, where there was more and greener pasture during the hot season and this was a place where they used to stop when they were on their way.
Early in the morning, there's a procession and an outdoor mass, when all the animals present are blessed by the priest. Then, they are kept in the shadow under the trees, as it's usually hot. At around 04.00 or 05.00 in the afternoon, when it's getting cooler for them, each one of the shepherds brings them to near the chapel. They start from the right side of the chapel and they go around it a few times, always with the shepherd in front, leading them. This way the sheperds are thanking the saint for the protection their animals have received during the last year and they also ask for protection for the next year. After that, they are taken home. On this day, the fields around the church are full of locals who come to make picnics and watch the celebrations. Some of the animals are decorated.

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