The main square of the village. This is the place where the caretos gather at the end, the moment the prizes are delivered.
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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ACL1978 (7467) 2014-03-08 6:38
Hello Ana - we're neighbors today, I see. I like this expansion of your series on Carnival - we've seen a few individual masks, but now it's good to see a gathering like this one. The costumes are really amazing, and it's interesting to note the extreme differences between Carnival here and Carnival in the Americas. Interesting that you note the Celtic connection, I hadn't heard that. Thanks!
ikeharel (56104) 2014-03-08 7:42
Unique masks the "Caretos" and as you had written an authentic styled.
Nice its special texture, looks to me each person prepare hie/her own costume, diff. colors. Well collected inspite of the rain.
Our "Purim" holiday, due next sunday - hope to bring some fg the masks in my hometown carnival.
Bom fim de semana,
ourania (30227) 2014-03-08 8:34
this is a wonderful photo too, a very interesting and delightful group portrait, full of attractive and significant details, wonderful moody colours and folkloric information. Your picture has excellent depth and sharpness and the carnival figures stand out superbly. I also like the characteristics of the town included in the frame and the additional framing by the row of umbrellas. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
tenretin (2408) 2014-03-08 9:45
Looking at your photo I realize that I'm not familiar with Portugal and that I have to come back more often and longer ... You did a nice job with this image. This is well documented. I love your picture.
Good weekend of France.
Fis2 (84628) 2014-03-08 12:27
Interesting scene from carnival.
Very curious masks.
Good frame and colors.
Excellent reportage work.
bukitgolfb301 (35462) 2014-03-08 18:55
Hi Hola dear Ana, how are you? Sorry for my late reply.
Very interesting and amazing fesival image, I should go there next time as a festival photographer. Very curisous but also sacred atmosphere can be shared and conveyed so well.
All the best and have a good Sunday! TAKERO
jjcordier (75684) 2014-03-08 23:38
Une vue plus générale intéressante de ce carnaval si original. Chaque masque est une véritable oeuvre d'art!
marina7 (8053) 2014-03-08 23:57
this must be a very special event and fun to take part in it! Amazing costumes and atmosphere, well taken!
timecapturer (48086) 2014-03-09 4:31
a fascinating shot this and one that captures the colour and uniqueness of this event so perfectly. Lots of detail and character made all the more compelling by the colourful umbrella backdrop. Like this a lot!
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-03-09 6:07
well captured and delivered. Interesting scene with many details to catch an eye. The outfits are really original and I have read your note with interest too.
Good composition with row of umbrellas in the background adding extra colors.
Thanks for sharing
dekanski (3024) 2014-03-09 11:02
Finally we see the caretoses in its entirety!
Like all carnival masks, and these have their own uniqueness that makes them different from others that are created on similar occasion in many places in the world!
jcpix (13574) 2014-03-09 19:34
As you mention, I think 'originality' is the key word here...these are quite the costumes! I would assume they're incredibly uncomfortable to wear...but who am I to judge when there are actually judges on hand. lol
I find the largest mask and costume on the left to be the most amusing, my vote is for that one. :) This has been a fun and learned series, each image has its own personality and charm. Colorful and intriguing, thanks for sharing this event with us. Have a great week ahead. All the best.
abmdsudi (42690) 2014-03-10 8:38
This is a picture you would see in a magazine, the colours are lovely and it tells a story. it's finely cropped with all the caretos well in place as compositional focus point and there are benefits to include some of the interacting crowd in the bg being part of the carnival atmosphere. These masquerade groups are well detailed, clarity is adequate despite the slight greyish weather but full of carnival mood!. A well taken and worthy sharing with us, Congrats
adramad (37377) 2014-03-10 10:47
Una esplendida imagen, con mucha potencia visual con esos originales trajes de carnaval, con unas curiosas caretas tambien, es una magnifica imagen de fiesta, captada maravillosamente bien.
Ten un buen dia.
Saludos muy cordiales.
chrislo (4153) 2014-03-14 2:32
Great shot and an interesting informative note, too. It's nice to see that people still hang on to these age-old rituals,and haven't completely forgotten their roots and culture. We also have a very big and popular carnival here in the north of France, running from end of January to the middle of March. A very fine capture of this amazing event with good colours and interesting detail. Well done.
macjake (55614) 2014-03-15 20:15
so here we get to see a full view of the entire 'outfit' or attire. I like the mask where his hands are touching his face, it seems to fit the facial expression very well.
fine presentation and note.
Romano46 (17554) 2014-03-18 13:07
ho apprezzato moltissimo questo reportage su una manifestazione molto interessante che si svolge a Lazarim sia per la particolarità della manifestazione che per le ottime fotografie che ne hanno documentato tutti gli aspetti, foto tutte molto ben fatte, ricche di particolari e tutte caratterizzate da una nitidezza eccellente.
Ciao e buona serata
jmdias (54579) 2014-06-28 16:20
que linda coleção de máscaras. elas transformam os seres humanos em algo diferente, sobrenatural... deve ser por isso que tanto eram usadas pelos nossos antigos em seus ritos, festas e festivais. gostei muito dos detalhes da imagem. uma foto bonita, bem feita e cheia de informações. parabéns.