You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. Kahlil Gibran
Every town and village in Portugal has a Patron Saint, whose Saint’s day is celebrated with lots of enthusiasm by the whole community, thus fostering a sense of communal identity and local pride. This customs have somehow been lost in many other parts of Europe but I love it that Portugal has kept the traditions going strong.
We like nothing more than to party so the celebrations start well before the Saint’s day (anything from 1 to a couple of weeks before) and finish on the actual Saint’s day. In these ‘romarias’ you can find traditional food, drinks and sweets, traditional artisan goods like wooden toys, wicker baskets and handbags, clothes, shoes, etc. and fairground rides for all ages.
At the moment the celebration’s for our local Patron Saint (Sr. de Matosinhos) have started and so we decided to pick up big boy from pre school early one day last week and went to have a look around.
The kids had fun on the rides and we enjoyed looking at the beautiful crochet decorations that covered the trees and decorated the beautiful gardens outside the church.
Here is last week’s Living Arrows in case you missed it.
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