Offbeat Village encourages children to smoke for festival

07:41  08 january  2018
07:41  08 january  2018 Source:   Sky News

Cate Blanchett Named Cannes Jury President

  Cate Blanchett Named Cannes Jury President Cate Blanchett has been named president of the Cannes Film Festival jury, the festival announced Wednesday. The Australian actress will preside over the competition for the 71st festival, which takes place May 8 to May 19. Unlike in years past, this year the festival begins on a Tuesday and ends on a Saturday.

The village of Vale do Salgueiro celebrates a Christian holiday with a procession, music, wine - and giving children cigarettes. Image: Children as young as five are encouraged to smoke during the festival .

Children smoke while walking with a music band in the village of Vale de Salgueiro, northern Portugal, during the local Kings' Feast Friday night, Jan. 5, 2018. The village 's Epiphany celebrations, called Kings' Feast, feature a tradition that each year causes an outcry among outsiders: parents encourage

Across the globe people have spent the weekend marking the Christian festival of Epiphany with traditions like outdoor swimming, festive cakes and singing.

But in a small village in northern Portugal, marking the revelation of God incarnate in part means encouraging children as young as five to try cigarettes.

The tradition in Vale do Salgueiro is not thought to exist elsewhere, and while kids have lit up for as long as the population can remember, no-one seems to have any idea where it came from or what it is meant to symbolise.

Quebec landlords push ban on smoking pot inside apartments

  Quebec landlords push ban on smoking pot inside apartments Landlords in Quebec are taking steps to ensure their rental properties remain free of pot smoke, even though the drug will be legal in Canada come July 1st. Under Quebec's proposed marijuana law , residents will be allowed to use marijuana recreationally in their homes but won't be permitted to grow cannabis for personal use. Yet some landlords have already sent notices to tenants informing them they won't be allowed to smoke weed in their apartments.

Children smoke while walking with a music band in the village of Vale de Salgueiro, northern Portugal, during the local Kings' Feast Friday night, Jan. 5, 2018. The village 's Epiphany celebrations, called Kings' Feast, feature a tradition that each year causes an outcry among outsiders: parents encourage

Children smoke while walking with a music band in the village of Vale de Salgueiro, northern Portugal, during the local Kings' Feast Friday night, Jan. 5, 2018. The village 's Epiphany celebrations, called Kings' Feast, feature a tradition that each year causes an outcry among outsiders: parents encourage

"Only those who live and are raised here can truly understand the meaning of this tradition," village parish president Carlos Cadavez said.

He explained that his 10-year-old daughter Luisa would likely smoke two to three packets of cigarettes during the days of the celebration, a number he did not suggest was unusual in the town.

"I don't ask for people to understand, it is not easy to do so, anyone might think we are not good," he said, pointing to a photograph in which a group of children proudly dragged on their ash-tipped smokes.

Jose Ribeirinha, who has written a book on the Vale do Salgueiro festivities, said the village's relative geographical isolation meant it had likely held on to older traditions.

"Normally traditions tend to disappear when there's many people together," he said, adding that the village is in an area of Portugal far from Lisbon and known as the "forgotten one".

Investigators examining site of fire that killed 4 Nova Scotia children

  Investigators examining site of fire that killed 4 Nova Scotia children Investigators examining site of fire that killed 4 Nova Scotia childrenRCMP said forensic identification services are working with the medical examiner and the fire marshal to determine the cause of the fire near Pubnico, N.S., which started early Sunday morning.

Children smoke while walking with a music band in the village of Vale de Salgueiro, northern Portugal, during the local Kings' Feast Friday night, Jan. 5, 2018. The village 's Epiphany celebrations, called Kings' Feast, feature a tradition that each year causes an outcry among outsiders: parents encourage

VALE DE SALGUEIRO, Portugal — The Epiphany celebrations in the Portuguese village of Vale de Salgueiro feature a tradition that each year causes an outcry among outsiders: Parents encouraging their children , some as young as 5, to smoke cigarettes.

Vale do Salgueiro does not have a higher incidence of adult smoking than other villages in Portugal, he added.

On Saturday, the village's children tentatively tried cigarettes given them by parents with what appeared to be a mixture of pride and excitement.

"Yes, I did give it. I can't explain why," Guilhermina Mateus, a local coffee shop owner, said.

"I don't see any harm in that because they don't really smoke, they inhale and immediately exhale, of course.

"It's only on these days, today and tomorrow. They never ask cigarettes again, so I don't see any harm."

Smoking is one of the biggest causes of death in Europe and increases the risk of developing more than 50 serious health conditions, including cancers, heart disease and stroke.

In the coldest village on earth, eyelashes freeze, dinner is frozen and temperatures sink to -88F .
Life in this Siberian village, where temperatures plunged to as low as -88F this week, is constant negotiation with the cold.Eyelashes freeze; frostbite is a constant danger; and cars are usually kept running even when not being used, lest their batteries die in temperatures that average minus-58 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter, according to news reports.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!