Festas_Populares Portugal

The joy of popular festivities in Portugal and beyond

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    June is a much-anticipated event across Portugal, especially in Lisbon and Porto, the two largest cities which are taken over by the Popular Saints (Santos Populares) festivities that make them feel like a big, giant neighborhood party. If you ever visited Lisbon or Porto during the month of June, in particular between 13 to 29 June, it’s unlikely …

Portuguese and Brazilian events in London this Summer                                                

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    I talk about the allure of the Portuguese Santos Populares and the Brazilian Festa Junina in this post. But what to do if you can’t travel there to experience these fun gatherings? Try the next best thing: organise your own themed party or find one organised by the local immigrant community. If you live in London and you’re …

Celebrating Children on International Children’s Day

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      Children’s Day, International Children’s Day, Worldwide Children’s Day, Universal Children’s Day. It’s one of those dates, like Mother and Father’s Day that varies from country to country. A few countries, including Portugal, celebrate Children’s Day (Dia da Crianca) on the 1st of June. Others like the UK and Brazil celebrate on other dates. Visit Wikipedia to find …

The Royal Wedding and our own way of raising happy bilingual children

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    I was never into princesses and getting married but somehow my 3 and 4-year-old daughters are. The eldest is not just ‘into’ it, she’s obsessed with ­wedding dresses, rings and getting married with anyone and everyone. This was happening even before the excitement around the Royal Wedding between Harry and Meghan reached fever pitch. I thought I would share …

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Spoken Word YouTube playlists in Portuguese

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        This is a list of Youtube channels in Portuguese (European) that focus on the spoken word. There’s a list of our favourite YouTube shows in Portuguese for under 5 year olds here, which includes song and animation, but sometimes, we just need a good old-fashioned story. If you’re interested in resources about History for children in English or …