Christmas in Portugal

Christmas in Portugal is celebrated with great vigor, as one finds throughout the world. The visitors planning a trip to Portugal can come during the time of Christmas since they can also take part in the celebration in this country. The visit to this city will always be a memorable one since the place has lot to offer to all the visitors coming here. The presence of very good facilities of communication enables the visitors to move around the city quite comfortably. Celebrating Christmas in Portugal will definitely turn out to be a wonderful experience for all. Along with the local people the visitors coming here will also have a wonderful time during the time of Portuguese Christmas. The history of Portugal is very interesting and the visitors coming here must try to know the history of this place.

In Portugal, the tradition of giving gifts is always been a part for all the people during the time of Christmas. The tradition of giving gifts is very popular during the time of any Christian celebrations. The two main Portuguese traditions which are followed include the Feast of the Holy Innocents and the Christmas Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The Feast of the Holy Innocents involves sharing gifts among the children. The feast held on the day of the Christmas is known as ”Consoda”. During this feast, many extra tables are set up which are done for the souls of the dead people. The people of this country believe that serving food to the ancestor’s souls will make the ancestors happy. They will bless the household with lot of good fortune for the coming year.

The Portuguese people burn Christmas log, which is locally called Cepo de Natal. This log is a piece of oak which burns throughout the day on Christmas, on the hearth. On the 5th of January, the young ones keep their shoes along the doorways and windowsills. They fill the shoes with straw and carrots, which will lure the horses to their house. According to them these horses belong to the Three Wise Men. Treats and gifts are left for the children in their respective shoes, which they get in the morning.