programme with Quinta do Falcao
This is an event that takes place only every four years. It is one of the largest and oldest in the country and is the festival that attracts the most visitors in Portugal, about a million people just on the day of the Tabuleiro`s Procession.
It is also considered one of the biggest festivals in the world.
Tabuleiro`s Procession: Traditionally, the plate is carried by a girl dressed in white who has to reach the heights. It is decorated with colourful paper flowers, wheat cobs, 30 loaves of bread of 400 grams each. The top of the sign also consists of a crown topped with the cross of Christ or the dove of the Holy Spirit.
Decorated streets: Another of the oldest traditions and origins of Tomar present in the Feast of Trays, are the carpets of paper flowers in the streets of the city. The streets of the historic centre and nowadays a bit of the whole city are decorated with flowers that give colour and joy to the Templar city. These streets are in a healthy competition to see which one is the prettiest.
Butler’s Parade: The origin of the Butler’s Parade” is not exactly known, but it is suspected to have been originally a hymn of plenty. Decorated with necklaces and flower earrings, the oxen parade through the city streets to the sound of rockets, gaiteiros and marching band and accompanied by some knights and some carriages carrying the Butlers and guests.