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Festa dos Tabuleiros

Festival of the Trays

The Festa dos Tabuleiros (Festival of the Trays) takes place every four years in July in Tomar, Portugal. This festival is an ancient tradition, and the most important celebrated in the city, attracting people from all over the world. It is held every four years, the last one being held between the 4th and the 13th of July 2015. The local population parades in pairs with the girls carrying tabuleiros on their heads. The tabuleiro is made of 30 stacked pieces of bread, either in 6 rows of 5 or 5 rows of 6, decorated with flowers.

At the top of the tabuleiro is a crown which normally contains either a white dove, symbolising the Holy Spirit, or the esfera armilar (armillary sphere), a symbol of the historical Portuguese maritime expansion, and over the sphere, the cross of the Order of Christ.