“Festa dos Tabuleiros”, or Festival of Trays, is unique in the world and is part of the religious traditions that celebrate the Holy Spirit. The highlight is a parade with young women carrying a “tabuleiro” on their heads. The tabuleiro must be the height of the woman and is made of pieces of bread in rows decorated with paper flowers. At the top is a crown decorated with a dove symbolizing the Holy Spirit or the Cross of Christ.

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Tradition of the Tabuleiros

Thirty stacked pieces of bread symbolize the bread that Queen St. Isabel of Portugal gave to the poor.