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Trás-os-Montes: Between the sacred and the profane

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Visit the region of Trás-os-Montes and discover not only its magnificent scenery and appetizing cuisine, but some of the religious and mystical traditions most characteristic of its people: its parties, events, habits and customs.

In addition to the Christmas celebration, which is celebrated in December along with the “Festa dos Rapazes – Festival of the Boys”, there are other religious motifs where the sacred and the profane coexist, bringing the locals to the streets. 

Carnival, for example, is a party that combines the sacred and the profane, and is seriously celebrated: as legend has it, every year the “caretos” take to the streets, disguised as devils or mystical characters to celebrate Carnival. 

In addition to the celebrations that characterize this region, there are other worldly events that give Trás-os-Montes a more esoteric appeal, such as the Gathering of Healers, which has taken place at the Vilar de Perdizes for more than 25 years. 

Another tradition that marks the Trás-os-Montes region, in this case the county of Montalegre, is the Friday the 13th celebration. The “Noite das Bruxas – Night of Witches” in Trás-os-Montes draws a multitude of people who watch the shows, acrobatic performances, exorcisms, drumming and fireworks in the streets. 

So, when choosing what days to visit Northern Portugal, take into account the schedule of these regions and see what these amazing people have to offer you: natural landscapes, cuisine, and rural surroundings, whose land alone is a great offer. 

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