This is my second post of this event this year.
Here, a young shepherd is reaching the chapel with his flock. Together, they are going to start circling it, according to the tradition.
As I said in the previous posts, this event takes place every year on Saint Anthony's day, near a small church devoted to S. António dos Cabaços. On this day, very early in the morning, most part of the shepherds in the area bring their goats and sheep for the celebrations, because Saint Anthony is their protector. 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.Then, 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 sheperd 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.
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paololg (31448) 2011-06-17 4:38
Ciao dear Ana,
meaningful image of this celebration, which testifies to the close relationship between man and animals. I believe that animals also have a soul and is right to ask their protection as for the men. Excellent photo quality, as always. Brava!
Ciao, have a nice weekend!
rodgerg (55767) 2011-06-17 4:52
Excellent presenttaion of this interesting tradition. the POV is particulary well selected. The attitude and the relation betwwen the man and its animals are very well collected. excellent nad interesting photowork.
wgreis (8267) 2011-06-17 5:31
A imagem parece ser do século XIX, se não fosse a pequena aparência da motocicleta ao fundo no lado esquerdo, Anabela.
Gosto de fotos que retratam paisagens ou situações que lembram tempos antigos, como essa sua.
Parabéns e abraços.
Ótimo final de semana para você.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2011-06-17 10:57
Boa noite a Ana,
a fotografia é magnífica e muito viva, eu gosto da atitude do pastor e também eu gosto de descobrir estes sinos longos surpreendentes. A tradição é respeitada bem, cabras e não pastoreia nenhum craidront nada mais depois da bênção, é bastante para acreditar nisto. A luz, a limpeza é aperfeiçoada. Bravo.
paura (47166) 2011-06-17 13:34
Uma beleza de imagem em fotografia de excelente nitidez e coloração. Muito boa, amiga.
ptiza (727) 2011-06-17 14:12
Hello dear Ana,
I read your note to the photo, this is a very interesting custom, we do not known about it. But and itself picture is very great, I really like it. Shepherd and sheep in the foreground have excellent clarity, excellent lighting, excellent POV. Thank you for sharing!
With best regards,
bukitgolfb301 (34914) 2011-06-17 15:24
Hi my dear Ana
Sorry for my late reaction, as so busy weekday.
Another very impressive portrait shot as your own way.
Very poweful movement presentation by perfect framework and well considered compostion via shallow exposure as usual. Clear and sharp image as always.
Thanks for your sharing finest work and have a good weekend!
magalik (6101) 2011-06-17 15:31
Very nice Ana, I like very much.
Very pleasant to follow this tradition with your shots.
I like very much these kind of scenes, nice travel in the world and so different from our daily life.
Very good quality, sharpness and framing and a good depth of field. Nice work.
dip (23528) 2011-06-17 21:24
nice capture of this interesting scene,very good sharpness and perfectly light managment,
informative note as well!
wolf38 (31014) 2011-06-17 23:42
Hello Ana. Here you show a very interesting photo. It is a great contribution to TE. In addition, a very informative text. Well done. Absolutely worth seeing. Rgds, Wolfgang.
Bluejeans (64247) 2011-06-18 1:41
Ola Ana ,
Que fantástica cena nesta festa em Mangualde com este pastor e as suas cabras , tem uns grandes sinos , gostei muito do pó levantado pelas cabras deu uma bo atmosfera ao lugar , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
corjan3 (2089) 2011-06-18 7:46
A very interesting image with an equally interesting explanatory note. We are used to goats in Africa but it is a very different environment. Why the objects hanging from their necks? Surely not just bells. Maybe to prevent them from going through fences? Best wishes.
emilbo (22262) 2011-06-18 7:48
Magnifique présentation de cet évènement annuel. C'est toujours intéressant de voir les traditions de chaque pays. Excellente composition et bel éclairage.
Tous mes compliments et bonne fin de semaine,
dta (64136) 2011-06-18 7:50
Ola Ana ,
Very interesting and well captured scene . The bells are very impressive !
The picture is sharp and well composed , too .
sacimar (25975) 2011-06-20 9:53
interesante tradicion y buena imagen, me llama mucho la atencion esos cencerros tan grandes, me gusta como todos los animales siguen al pastor, bien visto,
abmdsudi (41116) 2011-06-21 22:16
This is a superb shot, close enough highlighting in great detail, full of action there. I can feel the festive mood , the noice, sound of the shepherd shooing the flock and the dust at the back.. all this combines to reflect the cheery atmosphere. Interesting there two diff types of bells round the necks; the sheeps with normal bell, but the goats spotted 'long tin liked bell' Ana I am interested to know why the difference? Love the slight blur in the background thus attention is focused on the main subject.Great happy picture, Congrats, Cheers!
batalay (35041) 2011-06-21 22:51
What an amazing tradition. The shepherd with his flock. I can imagine the sounds of the bells, as they make their way, and the animals make their own sounds. It's an exotic scene, and complemented by an informative note.
Warm regards, Ana.
subhendu_bagchi (25391) 2011-06-23 4:29
it is really an excellent daily life. Very good clarity and sharpness. The shepherd with his cattle are looking well with blurred background. Colour tone is excellent and the depth is superb. Great shot indeed. Tfs.
Vasa (16742) 2011-07-01 16:45
Dear Ana, what superb scene! I miss to be there, it is so nice inspiration. But your realization is the best. All compliments freind, and have the nice summer in sunny Portugal.
Waylim (25172) 2011-07-13 23:16
Great shot, I do love photo that depict the old way and tradition way of doing thing, it give that nostalgic feeling, even if this is not something I know well, it still bring so much more meaning to the photo. We all do need a blessing, animal included. Those bells must be heavy to carry around but it must be part of the tradition. It seem the bigger the better. this sheep and goat are impressive with their horns. Good shot and thank for the note.
RhodieIke (11512) 2011-07-16 23:29
Hi ANA, Super photo of this scene with these Goat's and sheep going to church, super colour's, light and note, Cheers Iain.
jmdias (53451) 2011-07-19 7:24
muito boa a foto, mostra bem o pastor, excelentemente colocado em cena e o rebanho sendo guiado por ele. linda a luz e perfeito o enquadramento e a nitidez. impressiona o tamanho dos cincerros (acho que é assim que se escreve), imagino que sejam apenas para este dia de festa já que são muito grandes. linda foto, cheia de atmosfera rural portuguesa de antanho.
kato (11630) 2011-08-09 4:38
You're capturing well this interesting festival by a good composition and excelent tone, so it's imppressive to see a spectacle that a shepherd take along lot of sheeps and goes to chapel. And, it's interesting to hear that all the animals present are blessed by the priest, too.
fritzi007 (3481) 2011-11-17 9:52
muito boa foto, perfeita com comentário informativo, parabéns!
maloutim (9633) 2014-01-14 19:22
What a lovely tradition ! I think it's nice that they should include their animals in their prayers, ask God for their protection and thank Him for their well-being.
Excellent, dynamic capture capture of the moving flock led by their shepherd, with the dust they create as the walk !
What huge bells they carry around their necks ! Isn't it uncomfortable ?
Thanks for sharing.
- Copyright: Ana Dores (adores) (35008)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-06-13
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: Fujifilm Finepix HS 10
- Exposure: f/6.4, 1/100 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Traditional Feasts [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-06-16 17:49