Celebrating the Christmas with wine and food
Our Portuguese language school invites all students and teachers to our Christmas party on the 14th of December. As you all probably know, Christmas is a Christian festivity to celebrate the birth of Jesus. However, before Jesus, Christmas was a pagan celebration of the winter solstice.
The precise origin of assigning 25th of December as the birth date of Jesus is unclear. One of explanations of the origin of this date is that, according to the Roman calendar it is a celebration of the sun. Since the early 20th century, Christmas has also been a secular family holiday. Christians and non-Christians have celebrated this date with an exchange of gifts. In this secular Christmas celebration, a mythical figure named Santa Claus plays the central role of compensating the well-behaved children with gifts.
In Portugal, there is also the tradition of exchanging presents. The traditional Christmas meal in Portugal is called Consoada. It is eaten during the evening of Christmas Eve and consists of codfish with green vegetables and boiled potatoes.
At our Christmas party, we will have many different flavours as red wine, cheeses, bread, cakes, chocolates and Bolo-Rei. The Bolo-Rei is the most traditional Christmas cake in Portugal made with crystallized fruit.
During our Portuguese language school Christmas party, we will do a funny exchange of gifts. We all have at home things that we buy and for some reason we don’t use or like. Those things are called monos. The idea is to bring to the party one wrapped mono that will be raffle. The only condition to go to our party is to bring a mono. It will be really surprising and amusing!