A past Carnaval procession in Canas de Senhorim, Nelas Municipality, in Viseu District, delivered two hours of elaborate floats and costumed dancers accompanied by popular and traditional music. Here, carnival dates back 400 years to the rivalry between two areas. This year, it begins officially on Sunday, February 12, and ends on Ash Wednesday, February 14, which marks the first day of Lent, the six weeks of penitence before the Western Christian celebration of Easter.
Carnival is celebrated throughout the country, including various places in central Portugal.
Due to the predicted heavy rain and strong winds of the Storm Karlotta, some carnival festivities already had been canceled as of February 8. (Photo by Cynthia Adina Kirkwood)