This drawing is based on a colorful ceramic rooster I've had in my various kitchens around the world for years. (*And I have no recollection now of which country I actually got it in, but I've always associated it with Portugal.)
In Portugal, the rooster is a symbol of faith, good luck, and justice based on the legend of the "Old Rooster of Barcelos." Though my version of the rooster is not a traditional Barcelos rooster, I've always loved "kitchen roosters" and they are in almost every Portuguese-American kitchen I enter when I visit family in Southeastern Massachusetts, USA.
The city I was born in, (Fall River, MA) is sometimes called "Little Portugal." I also became a Portuguese citizen officially in 2004. My sons go to an international school in Malawi and this year for International Day, I decided to make food and help out at the Portuguese table. (The American table already had lots of help and I volunteered there last time.) I drew this rooster to celebrate my love of these Portuguese ceramic birds that are so colorful and uplifting.
Portugal Online writes:
"The Barcelos Rooster, commonly called the Portuguese Rooster, is said to be the embodiment of the Portuguese love of life... The legend of the Portuguese Rooster can vary depending on the telling, although the main story about a roasted rooster declaring an accused pilgrim innocent of a series of crimes in the 15th century village of Barcelos is consistent.... Whichever telling of the legend that you hear, the Barcelos Rooster is a common sight while you are visiting Portugal, with numerous souvenir choices emblazoned with its symbol."
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