New Year’s Day (Ano Novo)
New Year’s Day is the first day of the year. On the modern Gregorian calendar, it is celebrated on January 1. New Year in Portugal is welcomed with a midnight party – either at home with family and friends or gathering at a pub or club. New Year festivity in Portugal is marked by cheering, whistling, kissing and lavish drinking bashes. Remarkable among the various New Year traditions in Portugal is the custom of having twelve grapes on the New Years Eve midnight. Portuguese pick and eat twelve grapes from a bunch as the clock strikes twelve on New Year’s Eve. It is believed that this custom would ensure twelve happy months for the coming year.
To all Studio Calisto guests.
Christmas and New year in the Algarve is not to be missed! OK, so we have to have fake snow and man-made ice skating rinks and the customary blue skies and sunshine don’t naturally bring about a festive feeling, but our family orientated culture, less commercialism, wonderful sights like nativity scenes on roundabouts and a general love for the festive period make it all worth while! There are always plenty of restaurants open offering traditional Christmas dinners, with special festive offers and plenty of parties for New Year!
Christmas celebrations in Portugal traditionally start on December 8th, (the day of ‘Our Lady of the Conception’) and end on twelfth night. Christmas itself is celebrated on Christmas Eve night with a big family meal, traditionally of ‘bacalhau’ (salted cod fish), and lots of delicious savoury and sweet nibbles. (‘Fatias Douradas’ – slices of bread dipped in a milk,sugar and egg mix, fried and dusted with cinnamon are one of the favourite Christmas nibbles in Algarvean homes along with various almond sweets.) Presents are opened at midnight and then Christmas Day is for relaxing with family and friends.