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Major public holidays

Some of the special days of Portugal, maybe you may not know…

– January 1: New Year

The Portuguese pick up and eat 12 grapes from a bunch of grapes when the clock reaches 12 o’clock on New Year’s Eve.This is to bring joy to the whole 12 months in the New Year. In northern Portugal, children go singing from house to house and are given banquets and money. They sing the traditional songs or songs of Janeiro which are supposed to bring good luck.

– Friday in the holy week: Friday before Easter

– Easter

– April 25: Freedom Day

A celebration to commemorate the Carnation Revolution in 1974 – the revolution did not shed blood when soldiers put carnations on their heads during the battle to overthrow the dictator Salaza (44 years in power). In Lisbon, a bridge over the Tagus River, called the 25th April Bridge, was named for this holiday. April 25 Bridge has a total length of 2.277m and is the 23rd largest suspension bridge in the world.

– May 1

Like other countries in the world, the Portuguese people also celebrate International Labor Day with many exciting activities.

 June 10: Portugal Day, National Day of Portugal

This is also the anniversary of the death of Camões, an explorer, lost in battle in Ceuta. The Portuguese often hold parades of armed forces, musical performances and also folk music festivals, the Portuguese Guitar Festival … to celebrate.

Người lớn, trẻ con xuống đường ăn mừng ngày Quốc Khánh tại Bồ Đào Nha (ảnh: minh họa)
Natonal Day of Portugal

– August 15: Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Feast of the Assumption (or Assumption of Mary) is an important holiday for Christians of the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, Anglican Communion. The soul and body of Mary were brought to heaven. The Assumption is an official holiday, a great occasion which is usually held on August 15 in Portugal and some European countries such as Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Poland, Croatia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Spain, Switzerland (in part) and Chile, Ecuador, Lebanon, Senegal …

– October 5: Founding of the Republic (1910)

In 1910, the monarchy was overthrown and the republic was established. Portuguese people chose the 5th of October every year to celebrate.

– November 1: Feast of Saints

The Feast of Saints (also known as the Feast of Male and female Saints or Saints) is a solemn celebration on November 1 of each year in honor of all the holy Christians in heaven, Both the famous and the unnamed.

In many countries with Catholic traditions such as Portugal, the Feast of Saints is also an official holiday. In particular, in some states of Germany, All Saints’ Day is a silent holiday, which means that dancing and playing loud music are prohibited.

– December 1:  Re – Independence (1640)

Celebrating the Restoration of Portuguese Independence from Spain in 1640.

– December 8: Feast of the Blessed Mother

Portuguese pilgrims also celebrate the day of the Blessed Mother as in most other European countries.

– December 25: Christmas

Christmas is an occasion for people to reunite and reunite, but in Portugal this is an occasion to commemorate the late members. Every family in Portugal always has an empty seat on the table, which implies that their loved ones will bring good luck to their family.

The most outstanding dish on the Portuguese table is the grilled cod, a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages. Cod fish is served with eggs, potatoes and green vegetables. Desserts after the meal include bolo, bun, rabanadas and bilharacos. Add an indispensable part of the Christmas meal in Portugal that is a bottle of wine.

Lesson 2: Portuguese specialties which should be tasted

Portugal is not only unique by the landscapes, landscapes or ancient architecture. The food and beverages considered specialties of this country also make visitors experience when coming there.

+ Cozido: When traveling to Portugal, you definitely have to enjoy Cozido vegetable casserole, which is very attractive and delicious flavor. This casserole dish is often featured in the daily menu of the Portuguese people. You can easily enjoy cozido at local restaurants or some street cafes.

+ Bacalhau: The cod, also known as bacalhau in Portuguese, is more than a traditional fish dish, it is a national feature. There are 100 different recipes and versions, but Bacalhau à Bras is the most popular version.

+ Francesinha is a hot dog sandwich topped with a layer of hot cheese, with a delicious sauce served with French fries and depending on the customer, can be accompanied by an egg. fried. This is a typical Portuguese food that many visitors choose to enjoy.

+ Alheira de Mirandela: Alheira is the word for chicken sausages – one of the cheapest and most popular dishes in Portugal. This dish is sold in any corner of Portugal, but is especially good in Cervejaria Bota Velha, a small restaurant with the best sausage appetizer in Lisbon.

+ Sopa de Cação: In Portuguese, sharks are called tubarao, but when they are placed on the table, the name is changed to cação. Fish is marinated in coriander, lemons, garlic before cooking into soup, served with bread or a cornstarch called broa.

+ Caldeirada de peixe: Portugal soup is made from a variety of delicious seafood such as sea fish, lobster seafood with herbs and tomatoes stewed for many hours. This is a famous food in Portugal, enthralling guests every enjoying time.

+ Pastel de Belem: Bread with soft crust, heart with cinnamon and pungent smell of perfect egg, pastel de belem which you can only find in the food counters in Antigua Confeitaria de Belem, and only two people know the secret of making ingredients to make delicious cakes, so please  queue to buy this cake.

+ Wine: Portugal is home of many world-famous wines, which is a popular drink of Portugal. Coming there, please remember to choose some glasses of the famous wine to enjoy with delicious food when traveling to Portugal.

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