Friday, January 7, 2011
Portugal - Minho's Traditional Costumes
MINHO - PORTUGAL
Sent by Raquel, a postcrosser from Belgium.
This is from Wikipedia : Minho (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈmiɲu]) is an historical province of Portugal. It was established as an official province in 1936 and dissolved in 1976. It consisted of 23 municipalities, with its capital in the city of Braga. Today, the area would include the districts of Braga and Viana do Castelo. Minho has substantial Celtic influences and shares many cultural traits with neighbouring Galicia in Spain. The region was part of the Roman Province and early medieval Kingdom of Gallaecia. Historical remains of Celtic Minho include Briteiros Iron Age Hillfort, the largest Gallaecian native stronghold in the Entre Douro e Minho region, in North Portugal.
The area currently consists of two districts: Viana do Castelo and Braga.
Minho is famous as being the origin of the soup caldo verde and the wine Vinho Verde.