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The King Cake Portuguese Christma's tradition and curiosities

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The Portuguese Rooster is writing a Christmas card at his table. The living room looks cozy with the fireplace on fire and the Christmas tree decorated with green and red balls. The walls are decorated with blue tiles. On the table, look, there's a King Cake ! The custom of sending Christmas cards was started in the UK and then took over the world. Many say it’s an obsolete tradition but the Portuguese Rooster thinks that sending an SMS or an e-mail is no match for seeing your loved one's handwriting. Be like the Portuguese Rooster! 1. The King Cake represents the gifts that the three Wise Men gave to Baby Jesus at his birth. The golden tone of the crust symbolizes gold; the fruits, candied and dried, represent myrrh; and the aroma of the cake is about the incense. 2. There's a legend of the king Cake and the fava bean that goes like this: When the Three Wise Men saw the Star of Bethlehem announcing the birth of Jesus, they disputed among themselves which of the three wou

Portuguese blue and yellow tiles décor for Christmas season

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The word azulejo stems from Arabic roots, meaning “small polished stone”. Ceramic tiles are deeply embedded in Portugal’s history and culture. They are everywhere inside and outside old buildings. Today, it is common to see them decorating restaurants, bars, railway and subway stations, and regular homes. They are also used in interior decoration. Antique azulejos were decoration was initially dominated by blues and whites, and then yellow and green. This seamless tile pattern was inspired by Portuguese tiles that can be found in the Porto district.   Visit  A Portuguese Love Store  for more gifts inspired by Portuguese pop culture and traditions. Thank you!

The Portuguese Rooster loves Coscorões!

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Desserts and sweets cannot be missing from a Portuguese table when it's Christmas. The list is long, but the Portuguese Rooster loves Bolo Rei, similar to brioche cake, not too sweet, covered with nuts and candied fruit, which are also mixed inside.) aletria , (Portuguese Sweet Pasta dessert, sugar, noodles, eggs, butter, cinnamon...), and coscorões (a fried pastry, sugar, eggs, brandy, flour, orange zest ). In addition to being a national symbol, he is also a good cook! The bolo-rei recipe was imported from another country, France, it’s the king of the Portuguese Christmas sweet table. It’s there before, during, and after Christmas and New Year, and certainly a must for Dia de Reis (Epiphany) on January 6. The table is turning out to be very pretty, don't you think?  Coscorões are fried dough often referred to as Angel Wings. They can be square, round or triangular but they are part of our tradition and are rarely missing from a Portuguese Christmas table. It is thought that

THE ADVENT CALENDAR 2022 by TOONPOOL artists

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toonpool.com  has been a meeting place for cartoon art for 15 years now. It was on the evening of November 15, 2007, when T oonpool was born and went live with its first images on the Internet. Toonpool celebrates its 15th birthday! Congrats! Presented artists (Advent Calendar 2022): Jan Rieckhoff  https://www.toonpool.com/artis ts/Jan%20Rieckhoff_107930 Gerd Bauer  https://www.toonpool.com/artis ts/GB_100 Petre  https://www.toonpool.com/artis ts/PETRE_28518 Bülow  https://www.toonpool.com/artis ts/B%C3%BClow_23 Bernd Pohlenz  https://www.toonpool.com/artis ts/Pohlenz_55 Tomasz Woloszyn  https://www.toonpool.com/artis ts/to1mson_2599 Ernst Mattiello  https://www.toonpool.com/artis ts/Mattiello_1407 Mark Lynch  https://www.toonpool.com/artis ts/toons_589 Hilary Allison  https://www.toonpool.com/artis ts/HilaryAllison_193348 Frits Ahlefeldt  https://www.toonpool.com/artis ts/Frits%20Ahlefeldt_3447 Junior Lopes  https://www.toonpool.com/artis ts/juniorlopes_327 Dave Brasfield  https://www

A small guide to Christmas traditions in Portugal

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Hello Zazzlers and friends! Every year many of my foreign friends and readers ask me on Facebook mainly about the Christmas tradition in Portugal . There must be hundreds of texts talking about it but here is one more. I will write about the way the Portuguese celebrate Christmas today. I will refer to general trends as several hypotheses are possible. The way Christmas is celebrated varies from family to family and from place to place. Some follow more traditional ways, while others celebrate with greater freedom.  As you all may know, Catholicism is the main religion in Portugal. The tradition of gift-giving is strong but Christmas is still considered a very religious occasion and many celebrate it according to Christian religious beliefs. It's the celebration of family. It's a time when families come together. It's a time of comfort. When I was a child we had our family meeting, the traditional food of the season was on the table and there was the exchange of gifts - lef

10 things to know about the Portuguese Rooster or Galo de Barcelos

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It's the most famous cockerel in the world! The Barcelos Rooster is also known as the Portuguese Rooster or the Portuguese Rooster of luck. This clay rooster has become Portugal's non-official symbol and it stands for good luck, honesty, and faith. Maybe you have already seen it somewhere. But what do you know about it? In this post I will share some curious facts about the popular Barcelos Rooster, I show you the town where it was first made and invite you to know the legend associated with it. Then you can browse from a selection of gifts with designs inspired by the Portuguese Rooster. I hope you like the brightly-painted happy feeling about it! You can offer this rooster to everyone. It's a symbol of good luck. These colorful products are created by me but made in the USA by Zazzle. 1. This Rooster(Galo) is the national non-official symbol of Portugal. 2. The Rooster is known as The Portuguese Rooster, The Barcelos Rooster, or The Portuguese Rooster of Luck. 3. The geo