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Portugal Festivals and Events

St. Martin's Day and Women's St. Martin
St. Martin's Day is celebrated everywhere all over Portugal. It begins in the afternoon, where people eat grilled chestnuts and drink jerupiga and agua-pe . Children paint their faces with the coal used to grill the chestnuts as a playfull way.

Domingo de Ramos
Sunday before Easter Sunday
It is celebrated the Sunday before Easter Sunday. This festival is celebrated in rememberance of the offer made to Jesus Christ by his followers, when Christ came down the Olivetrees Hill, after having stayed there, all alone , for 40 days in meditation.

Our Lady of Nazare Pilgrimage
Lisbon region,
The popular event is tipical among people from the Lisbon region which consists, almost always, of a cyclic pilgrimage in parade to the shrines crossing several localities made by the population of one or more villages.

Our Lady of Peninha Pilgrimage
A small chapel was built at the Peninha hill during the XVIII centuary. The religious parade starts with the singing of "angels" carols to Our Lady, followed by the pennons , the Holly Crosse, the waxes, and the berline with the Holly Image.

Sintra Festival
Sintra, June -July
During the months of June and July the Sintra Festival attracts to the region a large number of music lovers, owing to the quality of the artists and the programme, which is entirely made up of a piano repertoire from the Romantic period, with the best interpreters of the present international music milieu. The various concerts (about twelve) usually take place in churches, palaces (Palαcio da Vila, Palαcio da Pena and Palαcio de Queluz), as well as in parks and country estates of the region.

Feira Popular (The People's Fair)

Portugal, September
In the warmer months (May through September), various parts of the city host outdoor "fairs" featuring music, hearty food, family gatherings, and wine quaffing. The Oreal, in the Alfama area at Campo das Cebolas, opens in June only, Monday to Friday 10 PM-1 AM, and Saturday to Sunday 10 PM-3 AM. Check the weekly listings in the newspaper Sete, available around town, for other locations. Open daily Located at
Opposite Entrecampos Metro

All Saints Day
Portugal, 1st November, 2000
The first of November is a holiday all over the country and it is celebrated in the cemeteries, visiting and decorating with flowers the graves of relatives and friends.

Cinanima International Animated Film Festival

Espinho Codex, 8th - 14th November, 2000
Set in a small seaside resort in the Northern Portugal, the festival features competitive programmes, retrospectives, examples of animation from throughout the world.

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Tel: 351-27-34 4611


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