Masks are the essence of Carnival, stripped of great ornaments, emphasizing only the art of those who carved them.
During the carnival in Portugal, masks are the key element in this event. Thanks to expert artisans, a unique mask is born, which will provide a special something to the town and its visitors.
These typical masks symbolize the new life that is born after springtime, the start to a more fertile and prosperous time, as well as the transition from teenage years to the adult life.
Come and get to know this unique experience creating your family mask!
Leaving towards Vila Boa de Ousilhão, Vinhais, Portugal.
09h30 Meeting with the expert artisan at their workshop. Welcome with local products.
Start of the mask workshop with the artisan.
Description of the process:
The magic of each mask start with the election of a unique piece of chestnut, because each mask is exclusive.
All the work is developed over a piece of wood (also chestnut).
Later on, the so called process of mask designing starts, using several tools, and paying special attention to the space where eyes, nose and mouth are.
We will sculpt the exterior and interior sides of the mask. Later, we will sculpt the necessary holes for eyes, nose and mouth.
Finally, it’s necessary to smooth the mask and add the last details so you can have a perfect mask for the carnival.
We will go towards Podence.
13h00 Lunch with local products.
Visit to Casa do Careto.
Return to start point.