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Monsanto- Festa das Cruzes

Every year in May 3, Monsanto celebrates the Festivity of the Crosses, that recalls the heroic resistance to a siege. According to tradition, to convince the enemy that they would never surrender as result of hunger, they decided to throw a cow down the mountain slope..They recall this episode, ascending to the castle, singing and dancing, and then once perched on top of the walls, throw down between rockets, clay pots decorated with flowers symbolising the cow , in a highly colourful festivity.


Todos os anos a 3 de Maio, Monsanto celebra a Festa das Cruzes, lembrando a heróica resistência a um cerco. Segundo a tradição, para convencer o inimigo de que nunca se renderiam devido á fome, decidiram lançar uma vaca pela encosta da montanha. Recordam esse episódio subindo ao castelo cantando e dançando. Empoleirados no topo das muralhas, lançam então entre foguetes potes de barro decorados com flores, simbolizando a vaca, numa festa muito colorida.

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  • Uploaded on September 30, 2013
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    by Filipe Antunes
    • Taken on 2012/02/24 18:08:22