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O Galo de BarcelosThe Rooster of Barcelos might be seen just about throughout Portugal, particularly in these cute little memento retailers.

galo de barcelos, rooster of barcelos

Normally the galo is available in ceramic type, however additionally, you will see it embroidered on towels and aprons, in woodwork, and extra, even on key-chains!

The most typical model of the Galo de Barcelos is black with vibrant dots and crimson hearts, with a crimson comb, on prime of a blue base. Over time, after all, completely different artists have added their very own distinctive touches and variations to the design. Most are adorned with vibrant colors and patterns typical of Portuguese handicrafts.

Many Portuguese individuals hold galos of their households as a result of they’re speculated to deliver good luck. However why is that this rooster thought-about such an essential image of Portuguese tradition?

It began with a lendathe legend, folktale of the galo that has been handed down from technology to technology. Though there are various completely different variations to the story, the ending is at all times the identical. There’s a saying in Portugal that goes A cada conto se acrescenta um pontoEvery story provides a element , which implies that each time a story is informed, one other piece of knowledge is added. (I suppose we will say the identical for gossip!)

The Legend of The Galo de Barcelos

Legend has it, that within the sixteenth century, a severe crime was dedicated within the metropolis of Barcelos, which is within the Minho province within the North of Portugal. The townspeople had been trying to find o culpadothe perpetrator , to no avail. Across the identical time, a Galician man was passing by way of town, on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. As a result of no one acknowledged this outsider, they unjustly assumed it have to be he who dedicated the crime! Regardless of his protests, the person was arrested and sentenced to be hanged.

The pilgrim continued to plead his inocênciainnocence , however no one believed him. As a remaining try to keep away from his horrible destiny, he requested to see o juizthe decide who had handed his sentence. He was taken to the house of the decide, who occurred to be in the course of an incredible dinner banquet. But once more, the pilgrim pleaded harmless however after all, no one believed him.

The pilgrim then pointed to o galo assadothe roasted rooster on the desk and exclaimed:

“As sure as I’m harmless, that rooster will sing once they dangle me!”

For sure, he was laughed at and dragged out of the room.

On the day of the pilgrim’s punishment, the inconceivable occurred. Simply as he was about to be hanged, the rooster got here to life, stood up, and crowed loudly. The decide ran to the gallows and was relieved to see the Galician was nonetheless alive, due to a loosely tied knot within the rope. He was instantly launched and let loose.

The Image of the Galo Immediately

Immediately, the galo has develop into an unofficial nationwide símboloimage , representing honesty, belief, integrity, justice, and success. The Galo de Barcelos represented Portugal in Geneva for the Portuguese Common Artwork Exhibition in 1935 and continued to look in artwork exhibitions and promotional supplies for Portuguese tourism. Over time, it grew to become acknowledged internationally as an icon of Portugal.

Subsequent time you go to Portugal, now you’ll know the story behind these little roosters you see all over the place!

Need to hear the story in Portuguese?

A Lenda do Galo de Barcelos (Animated!)