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 ]