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Girl at Procession

In the 17th Century, the inhabitants of São Brás de Alportel began the traditional procession called 'Aleluia', quickly gaining its reputation for the biggest and most important procession in the Algarve. It begins on Easter Sunday at dawn, after the 'Laudes' prayer. The resurrection procession takes place in the small streets that surround the church, where during the night the community gathers seasonal flowers and lays them on the pavement, creating mystical patterns and crosswalks. These flower lanes guide the procession from and to the church, where also the men carry their flower torches; a tribute to the resurrected Christ. The religious explanation to the fact that it is solely men that carry the flower torches and guide the procession, accentuates the ideas of brotherhood and fraternity, followed by the sisterhood, the women at the back. During the walk, men gather in small groups and lift their flower tributes, and chant 'Aleluia', followed by 'ressuscitou como disse', translating into: he resurrected like I had said. This project focuses on the children and women that are at the back of the procession. Project was made in Collaboration with my partner, Alexander Zyryaev. More here: http://sarasandri.co.uk/The-Tributes

TAGS: Culture, Easter, Girl, Portugal, Ritual, Travel

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Date Taken: 04.2016
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PHOTO LOCATION Sao Bras de Alportel, Portugal