The traditional Carol singing in January, End of the Century Fair, Spring Festival, Saint Anthony´s Festivities, National Folklore Festival, International Folklore Festival. Carnival Festivities, October Corn Picking Festival, Saint Martin´s Festivities, and participations in local festivals during the warm evenings in Moreira.
A portion of the coastal region, between the Ave and the Douro Rivers, where the ancient “Maia Lands” were located, assumed a particular importance in the events that led to the autonomy and constitution of our mother country. The richness of traditions and spiritual wealth led a group of people to perpetuate these customs by forming, in 1934, the Grupo Regional de Moreira da Maia, whose aim was to create a living repository of their homeland’s traditions, which belong to the ethnographic area of “Douro Litoral”
DANCES AND MUSIC
The dances would take place at the end of a harvesting day or in the churchyard after Sundays mass. The best known are the Vira" and "Malhão" and the Ex-Libris is "Real Cana da Maia".The tocata musical performance consists of various instruments that reproduce the joyful rhythm of the popular music. In the midst of the “braguesa” (type of guitar), the triangle, accordion, “reco-reco” and “cavaquinhos” (very small guitar), we hear the drum which rhythmically set the dancing pace.
The way the people dress highlights the adaptation of costumes to rural work and recalls the habit of wearing the best outfit on Sundays and feast days. To go to the fairs the ladies wore soft coloured cotton dresses, which contrasted with the beautiful black costumes of the rich ladies. But other outfits deserve our attention too, such as the bride and groom, the spinner woman, the milkmaid, the fisherman, and the ones used to go to church.
The richness of these costumes displayed by this group is one of the reasons for the attribution of some prestigious awards: the 1st place for the “Sunday Costume” in Barcelos and the 3rd prize at the world Festival of Folklore in Bavaria, Munich. It is also worthy to mention the bronze necklace received in France and the merit medal from the Maia’s local government.