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‘Maias’. Spring Traditions. ‘Maias’. ‘ Maias ’ is a festivity celebrated on the 1 st of May. That day, people decorate their houses, cars or other possessions with bunches of broom called maias. ‘Maias’.

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‘Maias’

Spring Traditions

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‘Maias’
  • ‘Maias’ is a festivity celebrated on the 1st of May.
  • That day, people decorate their houses, cars or other possessions with bunches of broom called maias.
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‘Maias’
  • This plant is used to protect the houses from the carrapato (most known by demon or evil-eye).
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‘Maias’
  • There are some traditions in different regions of Portugal related to ‘Maias’, like:
    • “Maio-moço”;
    • “Cantar as maias”.
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‘Maio-moço’
  • ‘Maio-moço’ was a boy who wore clothes with broom and, on his head, a pyramide formed by that plant. He was supposed to scare the demon.
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‘Cantar as Maias’
  • There are some songs which are sung on the first of May, like:
    • “Cantigas das Maias”
    • “Cantigas do Maio-Moço”.
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Work done by:

    • Cátia Vieira, no. 6;
    • Eduardo Sousa, no. 9;
    • Inês Cunha, no. 13.
      • 9th grade.