I’m not a religious person and I choose to live a pretty untraditional lifestyle. But I remain fascinated by religion, faith and the many ways in which people retain long-held traditions in our world.
One thing that I love about the Algarve is that its people seem to excel at maintaining a fairly traditional lifestyle in spite of that fact that they are swamped by tourists year in and year out. That’s a theme that I am planning to explore in future visits.
But for now, I am reveling in the memories of my experience last spring of Easter in the Algarve. Today’s post focuses on the night-time procession that happens on Good Friday through the streets of Silves, Algarve. The faithful walk slowly along with litters carrying images of Christ and the Virgin Mary, beginning at the Cathedral and snaking their way through much of the historic district. It takes a good 90 minutes to 2 hrs before the procession climbs back up the hill to the Cathedral. What a delight it was to be present to so many people making their silent way to observe a 2,000 year old event that still holds meaning in their lives.