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31-12-2013

New Year's Eve in Portugal

The New Year's Eve celebration in Portugal is a major and wild event.
New Year’s Eve is a night filled with loud celebrations in Portugal. People get together in the 31st December, usually for dinner, and celebrate all night long, saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming the new one - hoping it will bring only good things!
 
Almost every town has some sort of fireworks show, either on a big scale or small scale. Setting off firecrackers is done with a belief that noise and fire sways all bad times of the past away to fill the coming time with positivity, peace, and happiness!

Then, there are some special portugues traditions:

There is a tradition of eating twelve raisins by everyone at midnight. Each raisin is considered represent a month of the coming year, and while eating each raisin, one has to make a wish for that month.

Another special portugues tradition is to wear blue slippers, panties or boxers, which symbolizes for good luck and harmony in the coming year. This underwear has to be new und never been used before.

There are a few other traditions such as keeping some money in the pocket which symbolizes for a wealthy year ahead, putting the right foot first while getting down from a chair which symbolizes for optimism in the coming year, and hitting pots and pans loudly which symbolizes for swaying away all evil spirits and negative energies of the past.

About this superstitious traditions addition, the Portuguese welcome the new year with family or with friends, enjoy being outdoors. With singing songs like “Janeiras” they wish their neighbours a Happy New Year!

People in Portugal love to spend their New Year time, either by spending it with their near and dear ones at house parties, or by being a part of social parties organized at various night clubs, pubs, and discotheques.

Happy New Year to everyone !!!



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