Christmas is one of the most important festivities in Portugal, that has a great religious character, although the importation of other typical celebrations of countries like England and Germany has contributed to modify the Christmas in Portugal.
In Portugal Christmas is the feast of the family. On Christmas Portuguese people put the problems away and stay with their parents, grandparents and other relatives.
“ Bolo Rei” is a circular cake with dry fruits which was eaten on the 6 th of January. But nowadays it is eaten on Christmas eve and Christmas day.
Inside of the cake you could find a small gift and a broad bean but nowadays they are forbidden. If someone found the first, it was seen as a sign of good luck. The person who found the broad bean had to buy the next “bolo rei”.