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Portuguese Holidays

Portugal celebrates a lot of holidays throughout the year, and most of them have roots in Christian celebrations, while others are all about the seasons and some historical events. The traditions people follow are different from those in the United States, but most fall on the same days, like Christmas and Easter. Christmas time in …

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Portuguese History

The country of Portugal is very old and has many exciting episodes in its history. It all started in 1143 when D. Afonso Henriques inherited the kingdom of Portugal from his parents, but wanted to keep it independent while his mother wanted to join Portugal with her kingdom of León.  D. Afonso managed to claim …

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Portuguese Fashion

Traditional fashion in Portugal is still worn on special occasions, like holidays and culture shows. Portugal doesn’t have one national outfit, but many outfits according to the profession or occasion the person is dressed for. They’re usually very simple, but lovely and vary according to the region people are from. Most clothes are in basic, …

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Portuguese Etiquette

Portuguese polite habits aren’t very different from American customs, but there are some small things that help making new friends easier. People are very warm and relaxed, so any mistakes are never a big deal, as long as you remember your “please, and thank you” (Por favor, e obrigado!). You’ll see many people greeting with …

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Portuguese Cuisine

Traditional dishes in Portugal are varied because people there like to take advantage of the best things each region has to offer. There’s a lot of fish by the coast and in the interior, pastures to raise cattle and cultivate great grains and fruit. Maybe you’ve heard of the Mediterranean diet before: it has a …

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Dressing up in Brazil

Dressing up in Brazil Brazilians take dressing well very seriously. Men wear dark colored business suits, and are dressed conservatively. Women wear elegant and feminine dresses, and are expected to have manicures and pedicures. Clothing is very mainstream, and western. Most clothing is extremely colorful for events, and lounge time.

Sound of Brazil

Sounds of Brazil Passion, joy, sympathy, all of this describes Brazilian music. The background of Brazilian music is that of Amerindian, Portuguese, and African music as well. Unique Brazilian genre consists of the following; choro, forro, frero, somloa, bossa nova, and many more. Brazil’s earliest kind, however, is folk music. The music of Brazil is …

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Brazillian children’s Day

Children’s Day October 12th is Children’s day in Brazil. On this day, children unwrap gifts, and eat lots and lots of sweets. This day is bigger than Christmas to most kids in Brazil, and highly anticipated annually. The elders of Brazil never fail to let their children know how much they are valued and appreciated.

Dressing in Portugal

Dressing in Portugal Appearance in Portugal is extremely important, while most Portuguese are fashion savvy and are considered to be of certain ranking by the way an individual dresses. Best standard textures and fabrics are preferred. Urban Portuguese dress Western, and modernized. In the rural areas, the dressing is much more traditional. Men: stocking caps, …

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Portuguese Custom and Culture

Custom and Culture 1)      Appearance is extremely important. Everyone is fashion conscious, and clothes indicate social standing. 2)      Portugal represents and respects hierarchy. The society is highly stratified and rank is essential. 3)      If you’re invited to a home, bring flowers, good candy or chocolate. Do not bring wine, lilies or chrysanthemums. A handshake is …

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