Ceira, given in September 1180
by D. Afonso Henriques, to the
Chancellor Julião, was in 1512
with charter granted by King
Manuel I that gave it the name
of Vila Nova de
A local tradition says that
before the silting of the river,
the town was an important river
Ceira is indeed a very ancient town, already known to the Romans who, according
to some historians, it called Célia or Celium but it seems it was Célia.
The village is also registered with the spelling Seyra.
Ceira is a
village in the municipality of Coimbra, has an area of about 14 km and the
distance to the center of the county is 6 km. The village is irrigated by the
river Mondego to the north, the south by the river Ceira and the left stream,
the river or Dueça Corvo.
The inhabitants of the community are chiefly employed, most working in the city
in different professions, the other part is devoted to agriculture and the
nursery of trees, well known and appreciated throughout the country and abroad.
The idea of creating the group, was born from the enthusiasm of the parade held
in Coimbra in 1960 during the celebrations of the city, attended by people
representing Casa do Povo de Ceira.
It was the
image of people's everyday lives from Ceira that were either carried in by river
boat tractor following the MONDEGO until COIMBRA. “True representative of the
community of Ceira and the region of Coimbra, was founded in May 1962, the
FOLKLORE GROUP OF CASA DO POVO DE CEIRA, adopting the dress costumes that
replicate this rural community of the late nineteenth century, extended to the
principles of the twentieth century, fruit of research and collections,
comprehensive work of its components, of which never abdicate and have the
function to keep alive traditions, habits and customs of their land. "
They are the true test of this work, the costumes of
do RIO CEIRA, do CARREIRO, do CAVADOR, do VINDIMADOR, do MALHADOR do TRIGO, do
VIVEIRISTA, do RESINEIRO, do CORDOEIRO, do MARCHANTE, do BARQUEIRO do RIO CEIRA,
do MOLEIRO, dos DOMINGUEIROS dos ROMEIROS, dos NOIVOS RICOS, dos NOIVOS
POBRES,da CEIFEIRA, da CAMPONESA, da PASTORA, da CEDEIRA, da CARQUEIJEIRA, da
FLORISTA, da VENDEDORA de ARTIGOS da HORTA, of VENDEDORA de AREIA FINA e
BORRALHA, da LEITEIRA, do TRAJE de ROMARIA, do FUTRICA, of TRICANA de COIMBRA de
1830 e TRICANA de 1910.
The dances and songs that are his vast repertoire, were all
collected in the region of Ceira and are all popular.
It is affiliated to the Federation and FOLKLORE PORTUGUESE ASSOCIATION of
folklore and ethnography of the region of MONDEGO.
It is considered of interest by FOLKLORE Cultural Services of the Municipality
It has published two albums, two cassettes and a CD.
It has in its headquarters a room- museum where guard all that is being gathered