August 29th is an important date for this part of the Algarve! At night everyone joins for bathing at midnight, a mixture of tradition and ritual where everyone goes for a swim to bless the new year and get away from the little devils on the loose!
As every year Praia da Luz will have its party with plenty of food and drink, live music from accordionist Humberto Silva as well as DJ Toy and DJ Paulo, taking place at Avenida dos Pescadores (opposite the beach), from 21:00 . The organization is from the Clube Recreativo Cultural e Desportivo Luzense.
The “Bath of the 29” as it became known, has become a tradition among serranos believing that this day in August the seas were blessed. Therefore, on the August 29, men, women and children bathed in the sea, taking with them domestic animals and cattle escaped or bath.
From the beaches in the municipality of Aljezur, as Bordeira Carrapateira and Odeceixe, through the sands of Lagos, Portimão, Quarteira, Manta Rota and Vila Real de Santo António, the rural population gathered in groups to carry on the tradition.
Text excerpted from “Carteia” 07/09/2000
From 9pm to 4am.
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