FESTIVAL DATE FESTIVAL DATE Dia de Reis 6th January Popular Saints 13th, 24th and 29th June Carnival February Summer festivals August Easter March/April Super Bock Super Rock August Father’s day 19th March Festa do Avante September Mother’s day 1st Sunday of May Red bull air race September Day of Liberty 25th April Republic day 5th October Labour’s day 1st May All Saints day 1st November Festa das Cruzes 3rd May Saint Martin’s day 11th November Rock in Rio May Independence day 1st December Day of Portugal 10th June Christmas 25th December
In Portugal people celebrate the day in which the three Kings found little Jesus in a cave in Bethlehem. It is celebrated on the 6th January.
In the villages, people go from house to house and sing traditional carols about Jesus life and they are invited to enter the house and eat something. People eat a special cake with fruits called bolo- rei.
Carnival is the time of great joy and playing tricks.
People wear fancy dresses and make long parades.
In the towns there are fancy dress parties but in the villages people go to the street to play.
EASTER People celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. The priest and his acolytes bring the Cross to the houses and people kiss it. He says Halleluiah when he enters the houses. Children give olive branches to their godparents and receive a gift which is called folar.
Father’s day is celebrated on the 19th March in honour of Saint Joseph, Jesus’ father.
Children make postcards and poems to offer their fathers.
Mother’s day in now celebrated in Portugal on the first Sunday of May. Children make cards and poems for their mothers and offer small presents like flowers.
In Portugal the 25th April is the day of Liberty. In 1974, Portugal became a democratic country after 48 years of dictatorship. This day is a national holiday .
Labour day is celebrated on the 1st May.
It is a national holiday in Portugal only after the 25th April 1974.
This festival is celebrated in Barcelos on the 3 rd May. It is a religious and popular festivity. It is the town’s holiday.
Rock in Rio is an international music festival
The first Rock in Rio was is Rio de Janeiro in1985.Since 2004 it has taken place in Lisbon.
It is the biggest Music event in Portugal with a lot of the most famous rock bands performing.
The day of Portugal is celebrated on the 10th June.
It remembers our national writer Camões, who wrote the epic poem Lusiads in memory of the Portuguese deeds during the discoveries.
There are three Saints who are very popular in Portugal. Santo António is celebrated in Lisbon on the 13th June. São João is celebrated in Porto and Braga on the 24th June. São Pedro is celebrated in Póvoa de Varzim on the 29th June.
There are a lot of music festivals in Portugal during the months of July and August.
Sudoeste music festival in Zambujeira do mar.
Paredes de Coura music festival .
Super bock, super rock in Lisbon and Porto.
Optimus Alive in Lisbon.
Festa do Avante is a cultural celebration and a music festival with a duration of 3 days, held by the PCP(Portuguese Communist Party). It takes place in Quinta da Atalaia – Seixal in the first weekend of September.
The day Portugal became a Republic in 1910 is celebrated on the 5th October.
It is a national holiday.
This is sad day because people go to the cemetery to pray for the deceased family.
It is on the 1st November and it’s a national holiday.
Saint Martin is celebrated on the 11th November. On this day we eat chestnuts and the adults drink the new wine of the year. Children like this party a lot. There is a legend associated to this day.
On the 1st December Portugal celebrates its independence from Spain. This event happened in 1640.
It is a national holiday.
Christmas is the feast of the family. People decorate the houses and make the nativity scene and tree. On Christmas eve there is a dinner with the family and after that Santa Claus bring the presents. People put their shoes under the tree to get the presents there. In the villages people go to the midnight mass.
The Red Bull Air Race is considered the Formula 1 of the air. In Portugal it is performed in Porto and in Lisbon but this is a world championship.