Portuguese Culture

Money, raisins, pots and pans

What does your New Year's Eve involve?

A couple of days ago Catarina at A Portuguese Affair shared Portugal’s New Year traditions, and I thought as we are not there this year maybe (if I am still awake at midnight!) I’ll follow the first two she mentions. Olhanense New years Eve 2016If you wish to discover what the first is however then you will have to visit Catarina’s wonderful blog, but the second I will share here as it is one I have heard of before.

Eating 12 raisins at midnight, one at each strike of the clock. 

Apparently in some areas it is traditional to wear blue whilst you eat them, and also to make a wish for each raisin swallowed. The tricky part of course is at the beginning when you don’t have much time between the ‘bongs’, especially if you are sipping champagne after each one! Will you dare try?

And if you are wondering about the pots and pans in my title, well they are another Portuguese tradition. They will help you ward off the evil spirits. Just bang a few outside after you have eaten your raisins, alternatively why not enjoy the fireworks instead. I’m sure they will be louder and much prettier than your saucepans!

 Feliz Ano Novo!

7 comments on “Money, raisins, pots and pans

  1. Happy new year! Looking forward to receiving more Portugal inspiration from you in 2018

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  2. I didn’t know that about the pots and pans! I hit them every year since a child. We used them as noise makers for fun on New Years. Well I just learned a new meaning for it and it seems it was a good one too! Thanks!

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  3. Happy New Year Becky. We are going to watch the fireworks at Monte Gordo tonight! But the grapes, raisins trad is also Spanish. We did this last year, sang Auld Lang Syne and then watched the German tradition of Dinner for One. What I love about being out here is sharing so many different traditions from the many cultures around us.

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