By window or via Facebook. This is how Quarteira will celebrate, for the first time, the emblematic Feast in Honor of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, which, on December 8, usually fills the city's streets with devotees.
This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Parish of Quarteira and the Parish Council invite all residents of Quarteira to participate, in safety, from their homes, at the window, or via live broadcast on the Facebook page of the municipality.
The image of the patron saint will travel through the city streets in a vehicle. “The intention is for the procession to cover as many streets as possible, within the usual area of the route”, guarantees Telmo Pinto, president of the Parish Council of Quarteira.
“This will be a moment different from the usual, but it will not cease to be lived with the same feeling, devotion and dedication”, adds the mayor.
Thus, the procession (without audience) of the image of Our Lady, towards the Church of S. Pedro do Mar, on the 7th, at 21 pm, marks the start of the celebrations.
On the 8th – the national holiday of Nossa Senhora da Conceição – the city wakes up with a dawn, at 9:00 am. At 15:00 pm a Eucharist is celebrated in the Church of S. Pedro do Mar, complying with the norms imposed by the General Directorate of Health and with maximum capacity established.
From 16 pm onwards, the solemn procession with the Image of Our Lady will travel through the streets of Quarteira in a vehicle, at the close of one of the most emblematic religious festivals in the Algarve region.
The Feast of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, patron saint of Portugal, Quarteira and its fishermen, has deep cultural roots (the image was found by fishermen over 200 years ago) in the fishing community and in all of the people of Quarteira.
In 2000, a small chapel was erected in the fishing port of Quarteira to welcome the patron saint and the story goes that, in that same year, protected the boats from a violent storm that hit the Algarve coast.