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.