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What's remarkable about Christmas in Portugal? Well, first of all, we note that Christmas in this country is celebrated on December 25, along with all Catholics. The country begins to prepare for the holiday in late November - early December.
First of all, it is worth noting the Christmas Village, which opens on December 9 in the town of Obidos and runs until January 1. A magical holiday atmosphere reigns in this place, there is also a Santa Claus (though local, called Pai Natal), all kinds of entertainment, ice rinks, fairs, an ice bar. The city itself dresses in a festive outfit of garlands and ornaments, its streets and castle walls are decorated with lights. It is such a pearl of Portugal during the Christmas holidays.
Christmas symbols and traditions of the Portuguese.
The traditional character who gave gifts in Portugal was the boy Jesus. He entered the house through the chimney of the fireplace, and laid out the gifts on the shoes that the children had put up by the fireplace in advance. Now, instead of this character, Pai Natal climbs the pipes of Portuguese houses, who has replaced the boy, and represents a familiar, slightly"roguish" Santa Claus or Santa Claus.
Centerpiece for Christmas in Portugal there has always been a nursery, for which they went to the forest to collect moss, which served as the basis for the nursery. Figures symbolizing the birth of Jesus were placed in the finished manger. Now the manger has been replaced by a Christmas tree, more and more often an artificial tree is becoming it. The custom of installing it and filling the space below with gifts in colorful wrappers came from Gremania. The opening time for gifts was also postponed: earlier this procedure took place only in the morning of December 25, and now impatient recipients tear the packaging from their gifts after midnight.
Among the decorations in the houses of the Portuguese few surprises. Here are familiar to everyone bells, stars, balls, angels, Pai Nataly and other fairy-tale characters. Not without garlands, both inside the house and outside. Among the unusual decorations are holly branches.
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Topic: How Christmas is celebrated and celebrated in Portugal. Christmas traditions in Portugal.