All Saints Day and Halloween in Portugal

All Saints Day and Halloween in Portugal

In Portugal the day of Halloween is officially the last day of summer and people greet each other by saying ‘Samhain Blessings’ (‘samhain’ means ‘summer’s end’ in Portuguese). Formally the Portuguese do not celebrate Halloween as a holiday but they do have All Saints Day on November 1st and nevertheless there are some families coming from other countries who keep Halloween traditions. The Halloween traditions of today are based on pagan pre-Christian ones stemming from the times... [ read more ]

Best summer festivals in the Azores – sports, bullfights and wine

Best summer festivals in the Azores – sports, bullfights and wine

You probably already know the fact that the Portuguese have a festival for every event. There is a special occasion almost every week or weekend which requires celebration and creates a cheerful atmosphere. There is always lots of music, food, drinks and fun of course. If you plan to visit the Azores this summer here are a few events and festivities which you might bump into when spending you summer holiday on Portuguese lands. There are all sorts of festivals you can choose from: music fest... [ read more ]

Traditional Easter meals and dishes in Portugal

Traditional Easter meals and dishes in Portugal

Portugal also has its own customs and traditions for Easter time. The Portuguese can prepare delicious meals for this occasion. They celebrate together with family and friends sharing an absolutely lovely meal and having a delightful time. Around the Easter holiday every household has its own traditional treats and baked goods and not only. After a long period of lent everyone unchains their appetite and culinary talents in order to create a fantastic traditional Portuguese Easter menu. Natu... [ read more ]

Portuguese Easter celebration – customs, habits and traditions

Portuguese Easter celebration – customs, habits and traditions

Portugal is a European country where religion is an essential part of its culture. Many traditions, celebrations and customs are strongly connected to important religious dates and events throughout the year. The Easter celebration, which last for a week, is among the most important events. During this major celebration hundreds of pilgrims go to Braga where the town celebrates with several nocturnal processions. In Portugal every town and city has its own way to celebrate Easter. Visit during... [ read more ]

Silver Coast Festivals

Silver Coast Festivals

No matter during which season you visit the Silver Coast you will most likely come across a local festival or two. The major ones are so popular that they draw the masses from all over the country and worldwide. Here on the Silver Coast from major towns to the smallest villages each and every one of them has their own festival where you can witness and experience local traditions. The people of Portugal really know how to have fun and pass the time in an entertaining and pleasant way. Find the... [ read more ]

New Year ’s Eve in Portugal

New Year ’s Eve in Portugal

Let me begin by wishing all of you, friends of Portugal Wanderer a happy New Year, full of satisfaction and accomplishments! I hope you will remain with us during 2012 and you will find new reasons for visiting our wonderful Portugal! I do not know how you have celebrated the passing of the year 2011 and the welcoming of a new year but let me tell you that in Portugal the party was more glittering than ever. Curious to find out how Portuguese partied during the New Year’s Eve in Portugal? ... [ read more ]