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Military vehicle symbol of 25 April Revolution T-Shirt

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  Military vehicle symbol of 25 April Revolution T-Shirt Available online April 25 is now celebrated as a national Portuguese holiday. It marks a bloodless military coup that was supported by the civilian population. It allowed democracy and civil liberties to the Portuguese people after almost five decades of dictatorship (1937-1974). The Carnation Revolution ended the Estado Novo regime, the longest dictatorship in Europe, changing the Portuguese political system from an authoritarian dictatorship to a democracy. If you take a look at the 25 April Revolution footage and photos you’ll see these vehicles on the streets of Lisbon with soldiers on top and then civilians. A “chaimite” is a light armored personnel carrier vehicle. It was the first military vehicle produced in Portugal and performed during the Portuguese Colonial War. This Portuguese-designed combat vehicle was the first one produced in Portugal for the Portuguese armed forces in 1966. Captain Salgueiro Maia left Santarém i

April 25th Military vehicle camouflage pattern button

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  Military vehicle camouflage pattern button Available online A bloodless military coup occurred on 25th April 1974 in Portugal which ended the repressive and dictatorial leadership of the country. The Carnation Revolution was the last great popular uprising in Western European history. The longest dictatorship in Europe, the Estado Novo, had prevailed for almost 50 years - The old regime, or Estado Novo, was founded in 1933. Just past midnight tanks moved into Lisbon and took control of television, radio centers, and the airport. Troops armed with machine guns stormed the barracks where the Prime Minister and two of his ministers had taken refuge. Spontaneous demonstrations filled the streets. Thousands of civilians mingled with the soldiers, the newly formed MFA - Movement of Armed Forces - despite orders to stay inside.They shouted O Povo unido, jamais sera vencido! This means The united people will never be defeated. General Antonio de Spinola received the surrender of prime minist

25 April, the Carnation Revolution, Portugal T-Shirt

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  25 April, the Carnation Revolution, Portugal T-Shirt Available to buy online 25 April Revolution, the Carnation Revolution, began as a military coup by several hundred lieutenants, captains, and majors disappointed by their colonial war experience in Africa. The authoritarian regime had been in power for almost 50 years. A red carnation was their symbol and this illustration was inspired by it. The story of this Portuguese symbol is that Tourist Day was being celebrated and there were lots of carnations for distribution in the markets of Lisbon back in 1974. An important restaurant was holding a party to celebrate one year of existence but because of the Revolution going on the manager decided not to open for the day. It also bought carnations that were given to employees that took the flowers home. One woman that was passing by was asked for a cigar by a military from the revolutionary coup. But she was a non-smoker. So she gave him the carnation and immediately he placed it in the

The Magi Kings Day - or Epiphany - is here!

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Queen Cake or Bolo Rainha Not all Catholics venerate the Magi Kings Melchior, Gaspar, and Baltazar Day .  Kings Day is celebrated on 6 January, today is the day! ( Los Reyes Magos traditionally bring gifts for Spanish children on the night on January 5, not Santa Claus or Baby Jesus.)The tradition dates back to the 8th century. Today is the day we remove the Christmas decorations in our houses and on the streets Christmas lights and music are turned off. The Christmas trees are dismantled as well. ( I have a small one up all year!)  It's a working day and pupils are already attending school but at dinner or at night people will gather to eat a slice of King cake and drink some Port wine. Ok, it's an excellent excuse to gather again around the table and eat some more! In some regions, groups of grownups and children go door to door to sing typical carols called Janeiras (January songs). The Janeiras are popular Christmas-themed songs or Christian traditions. Back in the old da

Happy New Year - Bom Ano Novo

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Portuguese Christmas Rabanadas with Port wine syrupe made in the oven

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  Deep-fried food doesn't have a reputation for being healthy. This cooking method promotes a healthy lifestyle and helps in managing weight compared to frying! A baguette (french word) or "cacete" is usually 500g. (Don't cut it all at once in slices as it may be a lot for this list of ingredients. I used a 250g Baguette) Cut a loaf of bread (250 gr.) into oblique slices as thick as your index finger, more or less, discard the ends. Place them on a board. These slices will be watered with milk.  Choose another tray to place the slices in the oven and line it with buttered paper. Place 500 ml of milk, 50 g of sugar, 2 cinnamon sticks, and 2 lemon peels in a saucepan. Mix it up. Stir occasionally. When it boils, turn off the heat and set it aside.  You can prepare the syrup while the milk cools down a bit. In another pan put 200 ml of water, 100 ml of port wine, 100 g of sugar, 2 lemon peels, and 1 cinnamon stick. Mix everything and bring it to a boil. Wait for it to bo

New Year's Eve in Porto with Santa and the Rooster!

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  The Portuguese rooster and Santa Claus got together in Porto , the capital of Porto Wine, to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. It's just before midnight on the Clérigos Tower clock. Ho! Ho! Ho!, the new year is coming! They are in a hurry as they have already opened the bottle of Port Wine and are making a toast near the most famous tower in the city... Everyone who knows me knows that my favorite Portuguese city is Porto. It's where I go to celebrate São João, in June, one of the biggest street festivals in Portugal and maybe in Europe. One of the most memorable moments of the festivities is the fireworks display on the D. Luiz Bridge over the Douro River. The fireworks return to the skies of the city on New Year's Eve. It's an amazing spectacle with light effects and live music. It's quite a show also because everybody goes to the street and nobody actually cares about the cold. Thousands of locals and tourists also gather in front of Porto City Hall on Ave

New Year’s Eve in Lisbon with Santa and the Rooster!

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The Portuguese rooster and Santa Claus got together in Lisbon , the capital of Portugal, to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. It's just before midnight on the Augusta Street Arch clock. The new year is coming. They are in a hurry as they have already opened the bottle of champagne and are making toast on the famous Rua Augusta. If you are fond of the famous Portuguese Rooster these Christmas gifts are for you. But you can offer it to a Portuguese relative or friend, a friendly neighbor, or work colleague, or any special Portuguese What is there to do in Lisbon on New Year's Eve? Many use the french Le Réveillon , but fewer people will say that it's the night of São Silvestre . It's the last night of the year. According to Portuguese folklore, this celebration is linked to a popular legend that gave this night the name of São Silvestre Night. You may have read about Atlantida, an island that stood where the Mediterranean ended and the Atlantic began, among other

My Top 5 Christmas desserts with recipes

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There are a lot of Portuguese Christmas Sweets and most recipes are super easy to make and so tasty that I invite you to try them. I am sharing with you my favorite desserts and recipes:  Aletria  and  Mexidos or Formigos,  3.  Rabanadas  (Portugal's version of French toast),  4.  Sonhos de Natal (Portuguese Christmas Doughnuts), 5.  Filhós (delicate fried dough coated with sugar and cinnamon). From traditional sweets to fried dough pastries, here are the best Portuguese Christmas desserts you need to try. This is probably the sweetest post you will find on this blog. Enjoy!  These recipes are the ones we make at home, me, my sister, and mother, sometimes with small variations. You can trust it. Bom apetite! 1. Aletria is a Portuguese Christmas dessert that uses a special kind of noodles, called Aletria. "Aletria" was probably brought to the Iberian Peninsula by the Moors in the 8th or 9th century. In Portuguese cuisine, it designates a kind of dough of very fine thread

Join me for a New Year's Eve in Portugal!

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Hello! Join me and I will tell you how I spend the final hours of the last day of the year and the first hours of the first day of the New Year! I don't promise an extraordinary program, but you'll get to know me better as I tell you about some of the traditions, superstitions, and beliefs that guide Portuguese crowds when the clock strikes 12 in Portugal. You may want to know what green drink is that I'm holding. It's one I like to drink in the last year of the year: Licor de poejo. Green color, they say, it's the color of hope. This liquor has a beautiful color and an enchanting flavor. Pennyroyal ( Mentha pulegium ) is one of the most well-known species of the genus Mentha, quite common in Portugal of the Lamiaceae (lipped) family, It is a perennial cespitosa of rhizomatous roots that grow well in moist places or next to river courses, where it can be found wild among grasses and other plants. This liqueur can be green or yellow depending on how the plant is use

The way I prepare Bacalhau for the Consoada ( Portuguese Christmas Eve)

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Food is a serious matter in Portugal! Everyone will tell you that in Portugal, when a family or friends reunion happens, people spend hours at the table, talking, laughing, and enjoying the starters, the main courses, the desserts, the coffee, the digestives, the drinks, red wine, champagne, Port Wine, Ginginha, and more! For Christmas Eve, many Portuguese have a light dinner called Consoada . Portugal is still a very Catholic country and being so it's natural that many abstain from eating meat, opting instead for fish - mainly codfish - or seafood dishes. In some regions, people eat octopus instead of cod, either roasted with potatoes or mixed with rice. Christmas sometimes falls on a Friday, the traditional day of abstinence to the Catholic Church. But it's more than that. Most European cultures developed Christmas Eve customs that included meatless meals before the family went off to Midnight Mass. In ancient times a day of fasting and abstinence was designed to heighten the

ÓBIDOS VILA NATAL is great fun for children and families

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Visit the official site for more infor mation It was the first country theme park alluding to Christmas, promoted by the Municipality of Óbidos and a well-known bank in December 2006. I visited one of the subsequent editions and the success of the initiative was clear. Lots of families and children having fun, thrilled local merchants serving us the famous ginjinha de Óbidos in a chocolate cup! I never went back but Óbidos Natal went on. For this 2022 edition, the theme chosen was "Glow". The event will run from November 30th to December 31st. There are several attractions for the whole family combined with music and street lighting. Óbidos acquired its own low-intensity LED lighting a few years ago, made up of adaptable modules, allowing for different light designs, depending on needs. It's also an example of sustainability that should inspire many more cities. These are the activities that can be experienced at ÓBIDOS VILA NATAL • Santa's Chalet ◦ Santa Claus and h