April 28, 2015

1546 PORTUGAL (Santarém) - A young mower in Ribatejo

The Ribatejo is the most central of the traditional provinces of Portugal, crossed by the Tagus River (Ribatejo translates to "shores of Tagus"), with no coastline or border with Spain. The region contains some of the nation's richest agricultural land, and it produces most of the animals used in the Portuguese style of bullfighting. In 1976 the province was dissolved, and most of the area was incorporated into the Santarém District. The traditional clothes of Portuguese women varies from a region to other, but they have in common bright and vivid colors, and the kerchief, an obligatory part of the national costume.

About the stamps
The first stamp is part of the series Portuguese Traditional Festivities, about which I wrote here. The second is part of the series Gardens of Portugal, about which I wrote here.

Ribatejo Province - Wikipedia

Sender: Eduardo Morais (direct swap)
Sent from Coimbra (Coimbra / Portugal), on 21.07.2014 

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