The New Year is celebrated in almost everyculture. In Portugal we celebrate it bylaunching fireworks at midnight of January1st. After Christmas and going into the first week of January, groups of people will go from house to house singing the (January songs).
In Portugal most of the traditions of carnival aredisappearing, giving rise to Brazilian-stylecelebrations. On the other hand, some of theoldest traditions have persisted and regainedpeople’s interest. Carnival is often called“Entrudo”, which means “entry” (of spring). Brazilian-style costumes "matrafonas" (menFloats with political masquerading as women) Big heads comment
In Cabanas de Viriato the bums dance keeps Podence Lazarim tradition alive since 1865. Hundreds of Cabanas de Viriato people participate in this event.In Lazarim, men put on locally hand carvedwooden masks and parade through the village afterwhich follows the reading of a will in the villages In Podence, Caretos appear inmain square. The will consists of rimming verses groups running and shouting, andthat scorn and curse the young men and women of “robbing” all the wineries.the village. Their main target are single young women, who make them climb to the top of walls and verandas. The Careto tradition is probably associated with magical practices related to agrarian fertility cults.
It’s the Friday before Easter Sunday . It’s the day when Christians remember the trial, passion and death of Jesus Christ. Some . are veryimportant in Portuguese culture. There areinumerous traditions, that vary from place toplace: , , , …
Braga celebrates with nocturnal processions, including the Ecce Homo procession on Maundy Thursday. farricocos (barefoot penitents in hoodedBurial Procession of Our Lord on Good Friday tunics). - in many places
Feast of the flowery torches– São Braz de Alportel, FaroPaschal visits take place in many towns and villages Rosemary and lavender perfume the streets
Folar da Páscoa - The eggs symbolize rebirth. The recipe depends on the region. Some have meat. Almonds are always on the table ..with cinammonsugar coated almonds chocolate coated almonds
It’s a very important date for Portuguese people. on this day, a military attack, in which , restored democracy after 41 years of an authoritarian dictatorship.Its purpose was to achieve an eight-hour dayof work. In Portugal, we only started tocelebrate it after April 25th .
On this day we celebrate our nation andhonor Luís Vaz de Camões, a 16th centurypoet who wrote Os Lusíadas, Portugalsnational epic poem celebrating Portuguesehistory and achievements.
St. Anthony (1195, LisbonMarchas, a parade of folklore Feasts in every traditional - 1231, Pádua, Italy) - theand costumes from the citys quarter of the city. matchmaker saint.different traditional quarters. Grilled sardines Pots with basil - the tag has Multiple marriages got a rhyme written
fireworks at midnight bonfireshot air balloons plastic hammers garlic flowers
St. Peter - patronsaint of fishermen The popular Marchas (parades) in Seixal river procession in Montijo
BreadIt’s a cultural and religious tradition that takes place in July. The main feature of thefestival is the parade of trays which represent the sixteen parishes in the Municipality.The procession goes through the main streets of the city for a distance of about 5 km. Thetrays are decorated with flowers and bread.
This is one of the most well-known flower festivals in Portugal. It takes place in August.Its a celebration that traditionally only happens when the people want ( usually every4 years) because its accomplishment depends on the will and voluntary work of thepeople . In this celebration the streets of the city are completely covered with flowers.
The festivities take place in the week of August 16 and include several parades with“Gigantones” (big heads), Zés-pereiras (musicians) , and a diverse display of traditionalcostumes. The procession includes a fair sailing and attracts many thousands of visitors.
Detail of an earring in Viana “filigrana” (delicate kind of jewelery metalwork)One of the most beautiful features of this feast arethe traditional costumes. Women parade throughthe streets dressed in the traditional Sunday best orwork costume. They wear authentic works of art ingold. In the past this gold indicated that they were ofmarriageable age.
Day of the Republic – 5th OctoberIn Portugal, the fifth of October is very importantbecause it celebrates the date when the Republicwas established, in In the Catholic Churches the day is in honor of saints. In Portugal it is traditional door to door asking for bread for God.
It celebrates the end of the Iberian Union(1580–1640) during which Portugal hadSpanish kings. In independence wasrestored. Holiday – 25 December Christmas Day Christmas is the most important celebration in Portugal. It is a period dedicated to the family. Traditions vary from region to region but many of them are disappearing.
The traditional Christmas decoration is the Christmas crib, called ‘Presépio’, is. The making of Christmas cribs is a part of Portuguese popular culture, dating back centuries. In some places people make a huge bonfire called madeiro or ‘cepo’, on Christmas Eve.People open their presents on christmaseve around midnight or on the morning ofChristmas day. Most children believe that Father During mass an image of babyChristmas brings them presents, but some Jesus is brought out, andyears ago, they believed it was Baby Jesus. everyone queues up to kiss it.
On Christmas Eve, a family dinner or "Consoada" is celebrated usually with boiled codfish, potatoes, cabbage and other vegetables. The traditional Christmas cake is Bolo Rei (King Cake). It’s a fruitcake in the shape of a wreath. Codfish “Bolo Rei” with cabbage“Rabanadas” – French toast “Azevias” “Arroz doce” - sweet rice