A carnival reveller participates in the Torres Vedras parade

 
A carnival reveller participates in the Torres Vedras parade
A carnival reveller participates in the Torres Vedras parade February 21, 2012. The Portuguese have mostly quietly accepted reforms in the labour market, soaring unemployment and cuts to welfare to rein in their debt mountain - but calls to cancel the centuries-old tradition of carnival went a step too far. The government tried, in the name of austerity imposed by international lenders, to force the end of Tuesday's public holiday but the country effectively shut down all the same as the Portuguese refused to go without their pre-Lent festival. REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro (PORTUGAL - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS POLITICS)