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Traditions and holidays in Portugal

The culture of Portugal is varied and complex, because different peoples influenced the formation of the image of the country. It’s the Moors and the Arabs, Romans, Germans, Spaniards. All they left behind cultural traditions and amazing architecture.

In this regard, the Northern and southern parts of the country have some differences in culture. But the basis of spiritual and material culture of Portuguese is considered a romance, only in the South more evident features of Arabic. The peculiarity of the country, compared with other European States, is the influence of the Catholic Church on the lives of the Portuguese. The vast majority of the population, more than 90%, are Roman-Catholics. Among the population are Protestants, the Jewish community. And about 5% of the population consider themselves atheists.

Catholicism is associated with local traditions. The Portuguese sincerely worship their shrines. They have a lot of holidays associated with their celebration.

In Braga at the end of June held a two-day festival of San Joan . They attract believers from all over the world wishing to visit the Church of Christ at Calvary.

World-famous Shrine in Fatima, where the virgin Mary made her appearance. It happened in 1917. Since this is a popular place of pilgrims. Each individual region has its own saints and their festivals.

The favorite celebration of many Portuguese consider the Day of St. Sylvester . It is celebrated on December 31. All dress up in costumes, is felt in every swipe. Great annual feast of St. Anthony, who is considered the Saint patron of Lisbon is celebrated on 13 June. On this day in Lisbon held carnivals, fairs, theatrical performances.

Are holiday and various festivals. So, in the early autumn pleases all the famous wine festival in Madeira . Colorful carnival show, folk dance, magnificent spectacle lasts a whole week, without stopping day or night.

National holidays include Portugal’s national Day, Republic Day, memorial Day and independence Day.

An integral part of the national culture is the traditional music style Fado. It is called the music of the Portuguese soul. Some believe that this is the Portuguese version of the Blues. The sad beauty of songs about love, about home, about home, about the youth attracted the local residents at all times. It is a revered part of the culture of the country.

A separate feature are the guitars of Fado, with a unique sound. Method of production of such guitars is kept secret to this day and is passed on from generation to generation.The Portuguese, proud of its architecture. This is an amazing palaces and castles with Gothic buildings of the Golden age of a luxury building with tiles. Unique architectural monuments, represent different directions in art.A national symbol is considered Pimaricin castle in Braga, built in 968. Was used as a fortification. The inscription of white plaster on one wall reads: “Here was born Portugal”.

The Gothic monastery of Batalha in Lerii still attracts lush openwork carving and beautiful stained glass Windows.And in the capital Lisbon has preserved the jerónimos monastery, made in the Portuguese style manuelino (ornate decoration). The finest example of the romantic era is Pena in Sintra. Now it is the summer residence of the President.The culture of Portugal is interesting, original and rich. Many values are the treasure of world culture.

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