Meet the Martins family from Porto! Learn more about what each family member does for work and how they like to spend their holidays.
Welcome to Torres Vedras Carnival, a lively festivity that remains faithful to the tradition of celebrating Carnival in Portugal. Learn more about how the Portuguese like to party during this exciting multi-day event!
Feliz Ano Novo! Find out how the Portuguese like to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
‘Tis the season… to spread misinformation about the origins of Christmas and Santa Claus! In this special holiday episode, Rui and Joel explore the food and other traditions of Christmas in Portugal, while featuring one of our latest Shorties, “a Consoada“. Boas festas a todos! 🎄
Christmas dinner is a sumptuous meal that brings the whole family to the table for socialization and celebration. Learn more about the treats and traditions of Christmas Eve in Portugal.
Alfredo is waiting for his friend Rute at the train station. Follow along as they find their seats and discuss their future travel plans!
Isabel calls Ricardo so they can meet next weekend, but he has other plans. Instead, they end up talking about their holidays and sharing travel recommendations.
Rui sends a letter to his friend Maria. Follow along as he asks about her life and tries to convince her to join him on his next holiday in Évora.
The sardine is a very important fish for Portuguese people and is highly consumed during the Popular Saints’ Festivals. Learn more about the economic and social impact of the sardine and the tasty meals that can be prepared with it.
Always looking for ways to escape school, Maria and Pedro figure out how many public holidays there are in the school year.
Overwhelmed with work, Patrícia curbs Hugo’s expectations when it comes to planning family holidays.
This holiday season, a Practice Portuguese TV reporter takes to the streets to hear directly from Portuguese natives about their family Christmas traditions… until a particularly talkative woman steals the show!
In a special TV report about Christmas, Fernando, Sara and Bruno take the spotlight, after Fernando is invited to talk about his family’s holiday traditions.
What better way to celebrate the season than with a bit of snow and -11°C temperatures? Check out the holiday hijinx we got up to while almost freezing to death in Toronto, Canada this month… and learn a bit of seasonal vocabulary at the same time!
The Portuguese calendar has several holidays and holiday periods throughout the year. Holiday can have two meanings in Portuguese:
- feriado holiday – A public holiday, or day to celebrate something of specific cultural or religious importance at a local or national level.
- férias holiday, holidays, vacation – A planned period of time off work or school. Férias are often scheduled around important feriados.
Some of the Main Holidays in Portugal
In Portuguese, the structure of dates is dia de mês de ano (day of month of year), and the numbers are typically cardinal, not ordinal. That means that you say um de janeiro January one instead of primeiro de janeiro January first. You may have also noticed that the names of the months and days of the week are not capitalized in Portuguese, as they are in English.
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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!
In this Lenda (tale), we explore a famous Portuguese tale of a woman… with goat feet! She manages to keep the secret hidden her entire life, until a nobleman falls in love with her and learns the truth.
(special thanks to Luís Relógio for writing this episode!)
It’s All About o Dinheiro!
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.
Like other parts of the world, holidays like o Natal Christmas 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 the small towns, villages of Portugal.
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?
(Attention: Level of difficulty = MAXIMUM)
• Because of the difficulty level and the nature of the episode, this will NOT appear in the Podcast feed or in iTunes as an audio-only episode.
Christmas in Portugal — the habits, the traditions, and the typical dishes. Discover everything in a two-speed text. Slow so you can understand, fast so you can practice!
Rui and his mom have a question: where on the planet is the New Year celebrated first? Does anyone know?
Learn more about Lisbon’s biggest festival, Santo António, with a shorter, simpler article. Enjoy!
Listen to this dialogue about the 25th of April, a Portuguese national holiday commemorating the Carnation Revolution.