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Traditions in Portugal

Fátima - holy place of pilgrimage

Fátima is around 130 kilometers north of Lisbon. It is the most sacred place of pilgrimage in the country and is visited by many sick people. They come to Fatima with the hope of a miraculous healing.

For many Catholics, Fatima is the last holy place in Portugal, so the believers protect their place of pilgrimage accordingly. At the beginning of the 20th century, three shepherd children claim to have seen the apparition of the Virgin Mary here. In 1930 the place was canonized. Today the fourth largest Catholic church in the world is located here.

Bullfights in Portugal

The Tourada - bullfighting - is highly controversial on the Iberian Peninsula. In Portugal it is still used, especially in the northeast. It is the Ribatejo region that is known nationwide for the most spectacular bullfights. There are a few differences between the battles in Spain and Portugal.

In a bullfight in this country, the animal will survive the spectacle. As early as 1836, the authorities passed a law prohibiting the killing of a bull. The horns of the animal are covered with a leather cap, so the bullfighter should be protected. He rides a horse in the Praça de Toiros - the bullring - and irritates the animal. He then gets off his horse and, unarmed, supported by seven men, overpowers the animal.

Handicrafts in Portugal

Handicrafts have a long tradition in Portugal that is still alive today. In the past it was mainly artisans from the provinces who made everyday objects. Black ceramics have been around for many thousands of years BC. Carried out birth, other arts were added over time.

Today handicrafts made of ceramics, porcelain and glass are known all over the world. You will hardly complete a trip to Portugal without at least one souvenir from a local artisan in your luggage. Azulejos and bobbin lace, which are painstakingly handcrafted, are particularly popular with tourists. Across the country you will find special handicraft markets that sell unique goods.

Traditional costumes in Portugal

Another tradition in the country is traditional costumes that vary greatly from region to region. In the Alentejo region, many shepherds and cattle farmers wear traditional clothing with red and green hats and short jackets with crackers made from wild animal fur. Further up north - in the Alto Douro wine region - shepherds still wear straw cloaks to this day.

Not only farmers have their own traditional costumes. In the northern districts, very colorful costumes are worn at weddings, often in the national colors of Portugal. In addition, the ladies wear gold jewelry and headgear. If you want to get an insight into the traditional costumes of the country, you should visit the traditional costume museum in Viana do Castelo.

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Bullfight in Portugal

Bullfighting in Portugal is a centuries-old tradition that takes place in many places in the country. The bullfighting season runs from Easter Sunday to the end of October every year.

Handicrafts in Portugal

Tiles, ceilings and gold jewelry from Portugal are perfect souvenirs and popular gifts for yourself and others. We provide an overview and reveal the best addresses and markets.

Azulejos - Portugal's beautiful ceramic tiles

It is impossible to imagine the Portuguese streets without them: the azulejos. You will encounter them at fountains and in house entrances, in castles and in churches. What is meant are the often blue and now and then colorful ceramic tiles.

Portuguese national anthem

»A Portuguesa« - the national anthem of Portugal - comes from the pen of the poet Henrique Lopes de Mendonça. The work was composed by Alfredo Keil in 1890/91 and has been the official Portuguese anthem since 1911.

Religion in Portugal

The vast majority of Portuguese residents are Catholic. Religion still plays an important role in the life of the Portuguese today. Places of pilgrimage such as Fátima and the Portuguese patron saints are of particular importance.

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