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The careto is a young masked man in the carnival tradition from Northeastern Portugal, namely in the village of Podence in Macedo de Cavaleiros municipality. Caretos are masked young man in a suit made of green, red and yellow tatters, with a wooden mask and clappers in the belt.

The clappers are used to jingle at passing people, if it is a woman, a group of caretos jingles gently at the girl, if it is a man, he jingles aggresively and occasionally hunting the person.

The careto's origin lies in an ancient Celtic tradition, thus pre-Roman, and it marks the end of the winter and the arrival of the heat and sunny days, thus better crops.

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