1. We have quite a few festivals in Portugal, mostly related to religion (Catholic) I joined some as I didnt grow up there I am not too familiar with them. Christmas and New year are the ones I remember the most.
2. In Portugal (and in Zimbabwe) we kids were allowed to stay up until midnight and open our presents which is great!!! In Spain the children
are only allowed to open their presents on the 6th of January, because that was when the 3 kings arrived to see the baby Jesus (so they say….)
We have traditional christmas fruit cake with a raw broad bean in it and whoever gets it has to pay for next years christmas fruit cake.
The Castle of Guimarães, Guimarães – the city is known as the cradle of Portugal.