Caretos de Podence Are An Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO! ♦ Bogotá, in Colombia, hosted the 14th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO, known as 14.COM. It was there that it was announced that the Caretos de Podence are now an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity! Secrets From Portugal brings you more about this wonderful tradition that is now recognized at a worldwide level.
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The traditional masked figures from the ‘Entrudo Chocalheiro’ from the Portuguese village of Macedo de Cavaleiros are now part of a world list was Portugal already has Fado, Cante Alentejano, the Mediterranean Diet, Falconry and the so-called “Bonecos de Estremoz”.
Caretos de Pondece mark the rage of the Transmontano Northeast’s Carnaval with colourful and fringy suits, iron or tin masks, rattles tied to their waists and a stick in their hands. There are Caretos all over the Trás-os-Montes region, and they’re the major player in the Winter Fests, that take place between Christmas and Carnaval.