As tradition dictates, the Festival of Our Lady in Sorrow will be celebrated again this year in Viana do Castelo, this time from August 19 to 22 in a hybrid format - in person and online.
    One of its main attractions is the Mordomas Parade, where hundreds of women dress up in traditional costumes and use the traditional filigree from Minho.

    Traditional Jewelry from Minho


    The Heart of Viana is currently used as a symbol of the city of Viana do Castelo. The city of Viana lends its name to the piece, which has become, over the years, an almost indispensable element in the Festival of Our Lady in Sorrow, in filigree necklaces on the chests of those who participate in them.⁠⠀


    According to an old tale, a pair of gold earrings were offered to Queen Maria II during her visit to Viana do Castelo and the popular model quickly became known as the Queen Earrings.


    The young women from Viana do Castelo had the ambition to own a necklace full of gold Viana’s ‘Contas’, with the money they earned from selling eggs and chickens.


    Produced using filigree but with markedly popular origins. Unlike other pieces of jewelry, the arrecadas were imitated by the wealthiest classes of society. The richer, the more elaborate the arrecadas.


    One of the most used jewels in the chieiras of Mordomas at the Festival of Our Lady in Sorrow. Its central part is a piece suggesting the shrine of the Holy Eucharistic.


    In the chieiras of the Mordomas of the Festival of Our Lady in Sorrow, pound coins or imitations medals cannot be missing.⁠ They are ornamented coins, but the coin used in the pieces is an authentic coin, and in the medal of imitation, a replica.⁠


    Butterflies are usually pendants in thin sheet metal resulting from the suggestion of two coins attached and with a floral element to disguise the weld.