I’m no flag waver but…it’s the World Cup!

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      It’s Football World Cup season and whether you like football or not, it’s a good opportunity to connect with your culture and to get your kids involved. International competitions like this bring national identity and pride out of people. I usually don’t watch football but international competitions bring the aficionada in me. Just yesterday I found myself …

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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 …

Talkin ‘bout a Revolution

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Today we’re talking about revolutions and the importance of knowing our history. At the end of this article, you’ll find ideas for any family, as well as links to resources in Portuguese because 25 April is the anniversary of the Portuguese Carnation Revolution. Having said that, the spirit of this article, of not letting the distance from our home country let …