These are the so called caretos.
"For over 2500 years man has fun at least once a year, in an unreal and utopian mode. That happens in Carnival.
We say goodbye to winter and welcome the spring, with a pagan ritual, as natural as the passage of time and the renewal of the seasons. Every year, in northeastern Portugal, men wear their handmade costumes, where they hide their identities inside a mask, which can be tin, leather or wood, usually painted and decorated with various colors (mainly red,green and yellow) and the other version of the mask; decorated with horns and others, is used in Lazarim, a more frightening and mysterious version of careto.
Holding a string of bells around their waists and lots of bells, they spend all the energy the world to mark the heat and longer days that arrive. Usually rely on the favors of the Sun, magnanimous to those who praise his kingdom with such fervor.
Sources say that the feast immersed in the time of the ancient Roman Saturnalia - celebration in honor of Saturn, god of sowing. Seeking to calm the wrath of the heavens and favors ensure a good harvest.”
only translated from- source
Till this day, the Caretos are still seen as otherworldly creatures that chase single girls in large groups, drawing attention by making all the noise that is characteristic.
Tradition has it, that the days when the Caretos take the streets, unmarried girls stay home to watch them through the window. So they climb the balconies to reach them.
Another of its victims are the owners of the wineries, when they are caught, they take them to the wine cellars and ask them to open the barrels of wine for them to drink.
The masked fall into these functions: to punish members of the community with its violent “chocalhadas” (the noise made) and, moreover, to take licentious attitudes toward women, once considered fertilizing, a appeal to the fertility of Mother Nature, for the beginning of the new cycle of life/harvests.
(Only the black and white photo belongs to me. sorry for any mistake. But they are metal as fuck aren’t they?)
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