The Mayan tradition will be fulfilled again in Lagos in the coming days, this time on social networks. The Lacobrigense Chamber challenges the population to «create these dolls at home and send their photographs to be presented on the council's Facebook page», so that everyone can see them without going outside.
The photographs, which can be taken on the balcony, window, garden, yard or door of the creators of Maias, should be sent to email@example.com (files cannot exceed 9 megs), with the name and location of the author.
The works will then be presented in a digital exhibition on the Facebook page of the municipality of Lagos. All to avoid "non-essential exits", not recommended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
«Promoted annually throughout the county, this initiative has the participation of the population, who exhibit these handcrafted rag dolls, dressed in typical costumes and decorated with flowers, portraying in some pictures of everyday life. According to tradition, Maia was a rye straw doll around which they danced throughout the night of the first day of May. A ritual linked to fertility rites, the beginning of spring and the new agricultural year, the Mayans are part of our intangible heritage and local culture, remaining very much alive in the municipality of Lagos», framed the municipality.
This is, moreover, a tradition that is common to several municipalities in the Algarve, with the dolls being designated, in other places such as Maios.
«Give free rein to your imagination and immortalize this very special tradition», concluded the Câmara de Lagos.
Photos: Lagos City Council