As elsewhere in the Old World, in the land of PortugalIt noted the many tribes, nations and conquerors. Here the Romans held sway, dominated by Arabs, planted their customs and Visigoths were measured military capabilities English and French invaders. Since then, much water has flowed into the Atlantic from the river Tagus, but modern traditions of Portugal rely heavily on the old customs, beliefs and preferences.
Portuguese residents love the holidays. Perhaps because of their way of life quite harsh and austere, brighter days are necessary to maintain a positive mood and confidence in better times. Nearly a hundred festivals, most of which are local, city, appears in the Portuguese calendar. As a rule, the celebration is a celebration of a saint - the patron saint of the village or town, whose name is the church on the main square.
The most important for the Portuguese tradition of the holidaysnational scale are Easter and Christmas. Religious residents attend church services and mark important days for the whole family lavishly laid tables. Main dishes are prepared from the Portuguese fish, because it is traditionally fishermen were real men stay here.
Music of the soul
True Portuguese always carries in his soulFado music. So call folk songs performed by national musicians in every local tavern or any restaurant. Accompanying himself on guitar, the singer tells the world about his unfulfilled love or bygone youth and musical style is very similar to the Fado Blues.
Music of the soul can be called and another traditionPortugal - decorating ceramic tiles of extraordinary beauty the walls of houses, temples and even the subway station. Scenes depicted on the tile called azulezhu may be biblical or everyday topics. Often on the tiles carefully written flowers, crafts, animals, or unprecedented naval battle scenes.
- The main Portuguese tradition - is hospitalityand the desire to help one's neighbor. The inhabitants of this country willing to communicate with each other and guests pay a visit to their neighbors and co-celebrate holidays and important events.
- The Portuguese live quite modest in comparisonwith the rest of the EU, but this does not prevent them to be active and have a excellent sense of humor. Joking with the Portuguese can be on absolutely any topic.
- It is accepted to respect women, to give them a place to skip ahead and have other signs of attention. Being a tourist, try to keep this pleasant tradition of Portugal.