Noite de São João, celebrada em 23 de junho, véspera da data de nascimento de São João que, em vida, foi um pregador austero e de moral rigorosa. No entanto, é honrado em festas alegres e dionisíacas, com muita comida, dança e bebida. A data coincide com o solstício de verão no hemisfério norte. Desde tempos remotos, camponeses de toda Europa comemoravam, acendendo fogueiras.
December 20 is...Sangria Day! Sangria is a spiced wine, an ancient and much-loved tradition, and even though it originates from Spain and Portugal it’s enjoyed world-wide as a popular, refreshing party drink. It can even be served as an iced outdoor treat in the summer and is a great way to warm up indoors in the winter. Its warmth and festive color make it perfect for any holiday season, especially Christmas time.
Every year, on the 24th June, the city of Porto, in the north of Portugal, becomes lively and seemingly crazy. Thousands of people come to the city centre and to the most traditional neighborhoods to pay a tribute to Saint John the Baptist, in a party that mixes sacred and profane traditions. The festivities have been held in the city for more than six centuries, yet it was during the 19th century that Saint John's day became impregnated in the city's culture and assumed the status of the…
Livraria Ler Devagar, Lisbon, Portugal. The bookstore is located in a huge former factory area, which was turned into arty production environment, called LX Factory. Selling both new and secondhand works, Ler Devagar features a cafe where customers can linger, enjoying a good read. "Ler Devagar" means "read slowly".