We were in Sao Miguel the end of April and the beginning of May. On May 1st, we noticed dressed dolls outside of people's houses and in school yards in several of the small towns including Mosteiros where we rented a house. We asked a local who spoke some English but she said she did not know. She said that just some people do it. What is the story?
And, while we are talking about customs, what do the firecrackers mean? They seemed to be connected to church somehow. We saw an elderly lady walking down the street with a three foot long firecracker. Another older woman approached her and said, "didn't anyone help you?". The first woman said, "No". What does this mean?