During the Pentecost season, Brazilian Catholics celebrate the ascension of Christ into heaven with the Festival of the Divine Holy Spirit. Besides religious activities, a distinctly Brazilian tradition during the festival is the Cavalhadas, a ceremony that reenacts the Christian knights’ defeat of the Moors on the Iberian Peninsula during the Middle Ages. Actors ride on horseback, with the Christian knights, dressed in blue, squaring off against the Moors, in red. Some dress as animals, using masks like the one in the photo. This “bull mask” is typical of the Cavalhadas of Pirenopolis, a historic town in Southeast Brazil.
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