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A História de Amor da Avó Odete

Grandma Odete's Love Story

December 31, 2019

Before we usher in the New Year, Avó Odete wants to wish you a (belated) Feliz Natal! Recorded on Christmas Eve, Rui’s grandmother reminisces about how she met her husband, and shares her latest crochet projects with her fans. You’ll also learn the names of several traditional sweets and other food served during the holidays.

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Natal e o Ano Novo

Christmas and the New Year

January 4, 2017

What could be better than a holiday episode in January? (Just about anything!)

Listen to find out what happened to Rui that delayed this episode… and be extra prepared for when the holidays come around again in about 355 days!

We also discuss some quirky traditions and superstitions that Portuguese natives take part in during the New Year. Feliz janeiro!

The Holiday Season in Portugal

December 14, 2016

Celebrating Christmas: Then and Now

Portugal has no official religion, but most of its population is Christian (81% Catholic). However, only about 19% attend mass and take the sacraments regularly. In Portugal, Church and State are formally separate, but the Catholic institution still has a strong influence, especially for the older population.

xmas lisboaLike other parts of the world, holidays like o Natal

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have gradually transformed from being purely religious to being more commercialized, cultural holidays, especially for the younger generations. Despite the growing commercialization and consumerism of the holiday, it is still possible to find some old traditions, especially in as aldeias

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the small towns, villages
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In more recent years, the Portuguese have incorporated as árvores do Natal

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the Christmas trees
and Santa Claus imagery in their homes. Parents tell their children that

Video: Uma Família Portuguesa, Com Certeza!

Video: A Portuguese Family, For Sure!

December 31, 2015

At our house, there’s plenty of excitement! In this video, Avó Odete creates chaos by trying to explain Christmas and the end of the year. Can you guess her resolutions for 2016?

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00:14:54

Uma Família Portuguesa, Com Certeza!

A Portuguese Family, For Sure!

December 31, 2015

Na nossa casa, animação não falta! Neste vídeo, a avó Odete cria o caos ao tentar explicar o que é o Natal e o fim do ano. Consegues adivinhar as suas resoluções para 2016?

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(Atenção: Nível de dificuldade = MÁXIMO)

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