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Easter in Portugal

Easter in Portugal is not just about bunnies and eggs. As the country is rich in age-old traditions and rituals that celebrate the main feast in the Christian liturgical year. Domestic celebrations always include the “folar”. A piece of sweet or savory bread that comes with a boiled egg in the middle. Representing rebirth and the resurrection of Christ. Codfish is eaten at the main meal on Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

Due to the tradition of abstaining from meat until the resurrection is celebrated on Easter Sunday. It is always accompanied by the smell of roast lamb. During the Holy Week, it marks the end of Lent in the run-up to Easter. The deeply Catholic country is steeped in religious rituals and traditions. Followed by all kinds of people from the smallest villages to the largest cities.

The Holy Week in Braga is the most imposing, attractive and famous for all in Portugal. The most important tourist and religious event in the city of Braga. It is estimated that about 100.000 people attend the major processions. It combines harmoniously elements of the liturgy and of popular piety, ancient traditions, and innovation.

The Holy Week is celebrated in Braga as in no other town in Portugal. Joining solemnity and pageantry, the streets are lined with candles and colorfully decorated. During the holy procession, visitors and devotees gather along the darkened streets to witness this great moment of devotion.

The ‘Penitência’ procession which represents Christ’s final steps while being led to Calvary is perhaps the most pious event. Another is the Senhor Ecce Hommo procession and Our Lord’s funeral procession. Both of which take place on Good Friday under a shroud of silence and. Which draw an end to this majestic cycle of the Holy Week processions. And that means the beginning of the Easter celebrations.

Braga is a very interesting town full of traditions and places to visit. Braga is famous in Portugal for being the main religious center in the country. And it is also known for its baroque churches, magnificent 18th-century houses, and elaborate gardens and squares.

The Bom Jesus do Monte Shrine, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro, and Falperra are outstanding places. That should be included in any tour of Braga. Due to their beauty and religious value. They make up a triangle, based on religious interest and surrounded by unspoiled green areas.

And there are countless other religious celebrations. Pagan festivals intersecting with the religious calendar,  occurring mainly in the summer and waiting for you in the region.


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