Santos Populares Tavira 2019

During the summer, in the month of June, festivities dedicated to three saints known as Santos Populares take place all over Portugal. Why the populace associated the saints to these pagan festivities is not known. But they are possibly related to Roman or local deities from the time before Christianity spread in the region. The three saints are Saint Anthony, Saint John and Saint Peter. Common fare in these festivities are wine, água-pé (mostly grape juice), and traditional bread along with sardines. During the festivities are many weddings, traditional street dances and fireworks.(Extract from Wikipedia)

In the Tavira City and surrounding freguesias, the period of Santos Populares is taken very seriously. The spiritual association with the Saints Days is very much the focus. However, the people of this area know how to enjoy themselves and they celebrate at the many Bailes (Dances) that occur in this period.