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São Brás Festa das Tochas Floridas or … the Festival of the Flower Torches

31 Mar 2023

This festival is vibrant and colourful which celebrates the Christian belief of the resurrection. This unmissable celebration is an annual event in the community of São Brás de Alportel.

The torches (tochas floridas), 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 this Sunday 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 performances of popular 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.

Celebrate a unique Easter!

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