Nossa Senhora do Rosário
A Christian Festivity In Gondomar Portugal
The feast On the first Monday of October there is the most important popular festivity of the Council of Gondomar (where we live). It is called Nossa Srª do Rosário. It is a Christian festivity in honour of our patron saint -‐ Nossa Srª do Rosário. This feast started 260 years ago and it is still celebrated today.
Most people in our neighborhood are religious and believe that this saint can save and protect their families every time and gives them the most strength to live.
This is our church. In the morning people go to church to the mess and during the festivity days everyone goes to the church to see the decoration and to pray. On these days the church is also decorated with lots of flowers.
It is a baroque church with golden painted altars.
This is the main altar.
These are other saints in the church.
Along the streets This festivity animates the people and the streets of Gondomar. On this day people go to the streets with their friends and family and spend their time walking and looking at local craftsmen and their work. They exhibit it along the streets.
Traditions Walnuts This feast is also famous as the "Walnuts Feast." At this festivity the families eat walnuts. It is a dry fruit. Walnuts grow in walnut trees in Gondomar and farmers sell them in stalls along the streets on feast days. People from many places from the North of Portugal come to Gondomar to buy walnuts.
Love Cookies There are specific cakes called “Love cookies” sold by men and women in the stalls in the centre of Gondomar. These cookies are made of eggs, sugar and flour.
Philharmonic Orchestra of Gondomar in Nossa Sra do Rosário On Sunday morning there is a traditional orchestra, a philharmonic orchestra that plays music to the public. This orchestra started in 1863. The musicians are young people and older people. They play many instruments and many types of music. On this day they go along the streets in a parade playing music and the people go behind them.
The firework The firework is a wonderful thing. Every night there are fireworks in Gondomar. The city is lit up with all the beautiful colours that may exist. Many people go to the streets to see it and other see it from their houses. It is amazing. There are various colours like red, green, blue, gold, yellow, orange and purple.
The End Authors: Students from 7º5 André Santos, Beatriz Senra, Inês Gandra, Inês Neves, Ivo Façoco, João Silva, Luís Silva, Ricardo Nuno, Rita Lima, Rui Poças