Ascension Day celebration in Portugal: “Espiga Day” traditions

Espiga Day Portuguese version "Espiga Thursday", "Espiga Day" ("Espiga" in Portuguese is the word for ear of grain) or Ascension Thursday (Feast of the Ascension) is celebrated today in Portugal. The celebration has Christian origins and marks the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven 40 days after the resurrection (40 days after Easter). In Portugal, a … Continue reading Ascension Day celebration in Portugal: “Espiga Day” traditions

April 25th, the Freedom day in Portugal

Versão em Português Today we celebrate Freedom Day in Portugal! This national holiday marks the April 25th revolution that put an end to the dictatorship that had prevailed in Portugal since 1933, when Antonio Salazar established the "Estado Novo" (New State in free translation). Portugal lived 41 years under an authoritarian regime that imposed serious … Continue reading April 25th, the Freedom day in Portugal

Vindimas, experiencing Portuguese wine harvesting traditions at Quinta do Gradil

Since I’ve been living in Portugal for three years now, I’m very engaged in experiencing and learning the most I can about Portuguese life and traditions.  Although Brazil and Portugal share the same language and have a close culture, each day I discover customs and aspects of the Portuguese culture I didn’t know. Following this … Continue reading Vindimas, experiencing Portuguese wine harvesting traditions at Quinta do Gradil