Thanks for the presence of the students and teachers in our Christmas party!
On the 14th of December, our Portuguese language school organized an amazing Christmas party!
The traditional Christmas meal in Portugal, called Consoada, is eaten during the evening of Christmas Eve and consists of codfish with green vegetables and boiled potatoes. This is normally followed by shellfish, wild meats or other expensive foods. In the more Catholic families, after the Consoada people usually attend to the traditional rooster mass (missa do galo). This ceremony celebrates the birth of Christ and it is held at midnight. During the mass an image of baby Jesus is brought out, and everyone lines up to kiss it. Then, it is put in the nativity scene (the presépio). After the ceremony people return home and open their presents.
In order to celebrate this Christmas time with our students and teachers, we had a tasty table full of typical Portuguese food. We could find the famous chouriço, the bolo-rei, made with crystalized fruits, Portuguese wine and broas doces. We had also a special hot wine typical of Germany.
During the party, we had the opportunity to know each other better and have a taste of the Portuguese Christmas. At the end of our celebration, we had a funny exchange of gifts. It consisted on bringing something that we had in our home that for some reason we did not use or like. Those things are called monos. Each one of us brought a wrapped mono that was raffled. It was very amusing because we had many different and surprising gifts!
Our Portuguese language school is grateful for the presence of the teachers and students in the party! Without you, the party wouldn’t be so entertaining!
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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!