Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Portugal Christmas – How the Holidays are Celebrated in Portugal

“The holidays are very important to the Portuguese. They are a time of family, of light. Of giving and of song. Scenes of the Nativity, or the Crèche, are seen in every small town and house. Some towns mount a living Nativity Scene, with locals in all the key parts, and animals all set around the birth of Christ.

On Christmas Eve, a family dinner or ‘Consoada’ is celebrated with boiled codfish and potatoes with cabbage and other vegetables.”

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