The Carnival of Podence is a social practice associated with the end of winter and the arrival of spring. The festivities take place over three days in the streets and houses of neighbours of the village, who visit each other. During the performance, the Caretos – masked characters dressed in colourful costumes and bells – visit the homes of families and relatives in a ritual of visitation and conviviality. Participation begins during childhood, and the Group of Caretos Association plays a key role in ensuring its continued viability.
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