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The Çairé is a folkloric and religious manifestation on the island of Alter-do-Chão, 30 kilometers from Santarém, in western Pará. It is currently happening in September. The festival attracts thousands of tourists who, for three days, sing, dance and participate in religious and profane rituals, comes from cultural miscegenation between Indians and Portuguese.

It is said that the feast was created by the Indians as a way of honoring the Portuguese who colonized the Middle and Lower Amazons. Their origin is not facts of colonized that contributed in land lands exhibited their shields. The Indians then made their "çairé", as it was called the symbol that is carried in the processions, imitating the shield loaded by the Portuguese. The shield of the Indians was made of cotton-lined vine and other adornments, adorned with various colors and rosettes of colored cloth.


As the symbols of the Portuguese possessed crosses, that is, what in this, as the crosses represent the mystery of the Holy Trinity. What is more important is the right of the land chiefs, who created the symbol to assist in the categorization of the natives.

Preparations for the beginning with the help of trunks that will serve as masts, at the opening of the party. The chosen trunks are festooned with leaves, flowers and fruits, stand up in several stages between men and women to be more successful in the first place.

The feast of the festival also has feats, contests, sports tournaments and a folkloric festival, which features a presentation of all the groups of Santarém and Alter-do-Chão, when it shows a sample of the region's cultural wealth.

On the last day there is a "sweeping of the party", followed by the masts, the "marabaixo", the "smash-box" and the "cecuiara", a lunch at the end of the party with typical dishes.
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