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Holy Week (Semana Santa) & Easter 2019

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Holy Week (Semana Santa) & Easter in Portugal 2019 - Best Time
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During the Holy Week, numerous religious processions can be observed all around the country. The most mystical is in Braga, where the Archbishop washes the feet of twelve people, representing the twelve apostles.

Holy Week (Semana Santa) & Easter in Portugal - Best Season 2019

One of the biggest processions in the country is the Festa da Mãe Soberana in Loulé, Algarve region. Food includes folar, a sweet or savoury bread that comes with a boiled egg in the middle. Codfish is usually eaten as the main course on Good Friday and Holy Saturday, since meat shouldn't be consumed till Sunday.

Best time for Holy Week (Semana Santa) & Easter in Portugal 2019
Best time to see Holy Week (Semana Santa) & Easter in Portugal 2019

The Easter celebrations include many special dishes and treats. The traditional cod is served on Good Friday, while Easter Sunday is all about roasted lamb. Folar de Pascoa is a special Easter bread that has to be on most people’s tables. It symbolizes the bread in the Last Supper, and the resurrection of Christ. It is mainly served as a sweet dish, but in some regions it includes sausages, ham or meat. In the Algarve the Folar reminds a cake, with several layers of melted caramel and cinnamon.

Best time for Holy Week (Semana Santa) & Easter 2019
Best time to see Holy Week (Semana Santa) & Easter 2019
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