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To finish my theme for now, I'm showing a goat prepared for the feast.

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. Then, the flocks come and 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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