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UNESCO recognized the Festivities of the People of Campo Maior as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, during the 16th meeting of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which took place in Paris.
This is yet another distinction for Portugal and for its culture, which include Fado, Alentejo chant, Bisalhães crockery, Alcáçovas rattles, Estremoz dolls and Podence Caretos.
The Festivities of the People of Campo Maior, a centuries-old tradition that took place for the last time in 2015, are known for featuring dozens of streets, the historic centre, ‘decorated‘ with thousands of paper flowers, made by volunteers from the population of Rio Maior.
Promoted by the AFPCM, the festivities in the Alentejo village were already internationally recognized, a tradition passed down from generation to generation, orally, with the elders teaching the younger ones the ‘secrets‘ of making flowers.