A fun party in great company
On the last Friday on the 23rd of November our Portuguese language school organized an autumn party.
The party was a celebration to Saint Martin’s day. The Portuguese people celebrate this day on the 11th of November to honour Martin of Tours. He was a roman soldier who on a winter day shared its cloak with a beggar. His act of generosity made the weather change to a sunny and shiny weather. In some days of November this good weather happens and we call it Summer of Saint Martin.
At the party we had a marvellous magusto, composed by roasted chestnuts, red wine and água-pé. Magusto is a popular party where we roast chestnuts. This way of feasting Saint Martin’s day corresponds to a Portuguese saying: It is St. Martin’s Day, we’ll eat chestnuts and taste the wine. A legend says that the tradition of roasting chestnuts was a way of attracting the dead spirits to eat with their living parents.
Água-pé is a light alcoholic beverage made by adding water to the pomace obtained after the grapes having been pressed for wine. This alcoholic drink was a tremendous success among the students who have never taste it before.
Thanks to the contribution of all students we had a tasty and delicious table with different flavours. We had broa de milho, which is corn bread to eat with cheese or ham, chorizos, and Broas de Todos-os-Santos. This kind of Broas are sweet breads made with fennel and wheat flour. It’s traditional that the children during the All Saints Day ask for the broas to the neighbours.
Of course it couldn’t miss music at the party! We had Portuguese music of the 80’s.
Below, you can take a look at our wonderful photos:
Let’s celebrate the Portuguese Saint Martin’s day
The autumn has definitely come to stay. The cold and rainy days with the good company of a red wine and a fireplace make part of our days! So, what’s better than celebrate it with a wonderful party?! Our Portuguese language school invites you all to make part of this celebration on the 23rd of November! We’ll have wine, chorizos, Portuguese music of the 80’s and many other surprises for you.
The Portuguese autumn has a particularity: we commemorate the Saint Martin’s day on the 11th of November. It’s a holiday honouring Martin of Tours, a 4th century Roman soldier who is known for a certain miracle. According to the legend, one day, Martin was riding on horseback in a snowstorm, when he came upon a nearly naked beggar. Not having any money or food, Martin took his sword, cut his cloak in half and gave the cloth to the beggar. As soon as he did this generous gesture, the clouds dispersed and the sun came out. Generally, we have some weeks of sun in November, that we call it the Summer of Saint Martin.
In Portugal, Saint Martin’s day has become a day to celebrate the maturation of the year’s wine production. Usually on this day we do a bonfire, we roast chestnuts and taste red wine. In some villages people sing some popular songs related to this festivity. This celebration festival is known as a magusto (comes from the Latin magnus ustus or “great fire”).
You’ll have the chance to taste the Portuguese flavours of this season of the year! You can bring something to eat or drink to share with the others!