Ponte de Lima
In the second weekend of September, when the hot summer sun prepares for a farewell, Ponte de Lima dresses up for its biggest festival– the Feiras Novas.
Besides music, folk dances and fireworks, there is still room for livestock contests, “garranos” racing, ethnographic and historical parades, music bands, “gigantones and cabeçudos” (participants carrying giant heads), drums groups and the procession that closes the cycle of the Alto Minho festivals.
Celebrated since 1826, by royal decree of king Pedro IV, in honour of Our Lady of Sorrows, the Feiras Novas offer locals and thousands of visitors three days and many other nights of colour, joy, merriment and rhythm.
But it is the people with their joy and spontaneity, the way they do and be at the party, challenge singing, and dancing together, with folk dances in any corner of the village that turn the Feiras Novas into a unique moment and into a pilgrimage that is considered the "greatest live congress of popular culture in Portugal."