Festa das Tochas Floridas

Festa das Tochas Floridas


Easter in São Brás de Alportel
The torches, which were formerly long candles, are now poles festooned with flowers. They are carried by men who gather together in two wings during the procession, which marks the Resurrection of Christ, celebrated on Easter Sunday in São Brás de Alportel.

The Alleluia Festival begins at 10 o'clock in the morning, and goes round the town to the sound of the tones "He is risen as He has said - Alleluia, Alleluia!". The townspeople turn out in force and join in the deep, deafening chant, which climaxes in the refrain "Alleluia!".

The Festival of Sounds and Tastes begins at 3 o'clock in the afternoon in the churchyard of the Parish Church, where the torches and the most traditional and artistic quilts receive prizes during a cultural evening that includes music and poetry.

This is a hallowed day for all of the townspeople, and a festival where the religious and the pagan are harmoniously combined.
The atmosphere is one of joy and a lot of colour. The air is scented by the branches of lavender, rosemary and wild flowers that decorate the torches, and the town is decorated with the red and white quilts that hang in the windows.

During the day they eat the traditional and unique almonds and pine nuts, which have been homemade by the same family in São Brás de Alportel for more than a century.

8150 São Brás de Alportel

Festa das Tochas Floridas

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