Photographer's Note

This is my first post after a long time.
During the time I've been away from the site, I've traveled around every time I could, seeing traditional events and ceremonies, most part of them almost unknown or forgotten. I'll try to post some of the photos I've taken of them.
This first one was taken during the "Blessing of Animals", a very ancient tradition that takes place every year, in May, in a small village of the Alentejo. On this day, usually a Saturday, most part of the inhabitants, adults and children, bring their animals to be blessed by the priest. Early in the morning there's a mass in the Parish Church, where people gather, and then people go on a procession to the fields, where the blessing takes place.
The children take their little pets: bunnies, chicks, kitten, birds or dogs to be blessed (I guess I even saw a Vietnamese pig there) and the adults take sheep, horses, cows.... It's surely one of the most interesting events I saw in the region lately.

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