Sculpture made for the library - Centésima Página in Braga during the exhibition "Sapiens Exhibition - if the Baroque Party was today."
The baroque festivities celebrate several events associated with the royal family, the nobility and the clergy. Births, weddings, nominations, among other life events were celebrated.
In this festivity, all the members of society participated. After the news were spread to the city representatives, the “street cry” was followed, that announced it to the inhabitants of the city. They would put luminárias (wax torches, small bowls and lanterns) on the house windows for 3 days and nights. Other ways of announcing the festivities were the ring of church bells and the bandos. Thebandos were a group of men on horses or/and on foot, travelling long distances, with hats and flamboyant clothes, playing instruments like the clarion, fifes and drums. Their march had 2 functions: invite the population to participate in the festivities, and at the same time, to form a procession that due to its beauty, initiated the celebrations.
(Joaquim J.B.F. Alves, 1988 – Historian)