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Sweet sugar almonds to celebrate Easter in the Algarve

In Portugal, the widespread practice of offering a gift to the godchildren at Easter is a Catholic tradition. It is still usual to offer Easter Cake with eggs (“folar com ovos”) or sugar-coated, chocolate or caramelised almonds, to the godchildren, family and friends. One of the meanings of almonds during Easter is the same as the eggs – they are a symbol of fertility and renewal. Continue reading…

Mates, let’s sing the Janeiras

The normally cold nights of January are flooded with traditional songs to welcome the New Year. Singing the Janeiras, is a recurring event in Portugal that starts at dawn on the Day of Kings (Dia de Reis), and is surrounded by a popular spirit of friends who come together to sing door-to-door, in exchange for cakes and drinks. Continue reading…