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  1. Oct 18, 2021 · Facts about Portugal: Made in Portugal Portuguese is an official language of nine other countries. As a result of Portugal’s imperial ambitions, Portuguese is an official language in Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Macau, Mozambique, Sāo Tomé and Principe, as well as Goa in India.

  2. 4 days ago · A national dish is a culinary dish that is strongly associated with a particular country. A dish can be considered a national dish for a variety of reasons: It is a staple food, made from a selection of locally available foodstuffs that can be prepared in a distinctive way, such as fruits de mer, served along the west coast of France.

  3. Oct 20, 2021 · It is incorrect in that all North American versions share a common ancestor: Portuguese Couve soup, which was and to this day is still made with thread-thick sliced collard greens. Collard greens didn’t make their way to New England until relatively recently, and the available kale became the substitute for Portuguese who settled here.

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  4. 2 days ago · Japanese cuisine encompasses the regional and traditional foods of Japan, which have developed through centuries of political, economic, and social changes. The traditional cuisine of Japan (Japanese: washoku) is based on rice with miso soup and other dishes; there is an emphasis on seasonal ingredients.

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    Madeira Plunge – Lido or Ponta Gorda Bathing Complex – January 1st What better way to start the year by plunging into the sea at midday. It will cure any hangovers, give you a chance to do something for charity and realise that there are plenty of people as mad as you. The doors open at 10:00 giving participating bathers time to warm up and chat and luckily the sea around Madeira is a lot warmer than the North Sea where the Dutch, who incidentally created the tradition, plunge into to celebrate the beginning of a new year.Cantar os Reis (Singing of the Kings) – Funchal – 5 Cantar os Reis is a charming Madeiran festival filled with carols and songs, celebrated on the 12th night after Christmas. Traditionally, troupes roam the streets at night, singing and playing music from door to door. Outdoor concerts are held all over the island, including Ribeira Brava, Câmara de Lobos and the auditorium in the Jardim Municipal in Funchal. The lively traditional carols are performed by local mus...

    Festa dos Compadres – Santana For about 50 years, Festa dos Compadres has symbolised the start of the Carnival festivities in Madeira, taking place on the weekend before the Carnival. Held in Santana, in the northeast of the island, the town celebrates the occasion with a parade of decorated floats, troupes in traditional costumes and musical entertainment. Actors perform comic sketches about social and political issues, while giant figurines are publicly ridiculed, judged and cheerfully burned. A variety of stalls offer some of the island’s most famous gastronomic specialities, including espetada and bolo do caco. Madeira Surfski Lifesaving and National Canoe Championship – Seixal and Machico The two-day Madeira Surfski Lifesaving and National Canoe Championship organised by Madeira Regional Canoeing Association, and the Portuguese Canoeing Federation puts its competitors to the test. On Saturday, participants run through the surf in Seixal carrying their kayaks to then paddle them...

    Festa da Anona (Cherimoya Fruit Festival) – Faial, Santana Cherimoya Fruit Festival is a traditional festival celebrated in Faial, Santana. This event celebrates one of the most popular and widely cultivated fruits of this region 'Anona' (also known as Custard-apple or Cherimoya). Visitors can enjoy great entertainment, traditional food and drink specialities.Madeira SUP Challenge The Madeira SUP Challenge is an International Stand Up Paddle Board competition comprising of two open sea marathons, 12km and 5km, technical and fun races and other activities all held in the beautiful bay of Funchal. Earth Hour Funchal Race – 28 Funchal will be hosting its annual ‘Earth Hour Night Run.’ The 2.9 km race attracts runners from all over the island and is organised by the Athletics Association of Madeira. The competition is open to children, juniors, seniors and veterans. So, why not do something entirely different and put your best foot forward for ‘Earth Hour,’ as Funchal glimmers under the...

    Regional Sugar Cane Fair, Ponta do Sol Sugarcane was initially planted in Madeira around 1450, and by 1455 with dwindling grain production, Madeira through the help of Sicilian advisors and Genoese financiers became a crucial player in sugarcane production. This and the location of the island meant that both Genoese and Flemish traders who were keen to avoid the Venetian monopolies had easy access to the new rare and favourite spice ‘sweet salt’ or sugar as it is known today. As such the Regional Sugar Cane Fair, held in the Farmers Market in Canhas, Ponta do Sol, honours Madeira’s ‘sweet salt’ past through the making of all things sugarcane including cakes, drinks as well as giving visitors the opportunity to cut cane and enjoy the ‘sweet’ delicacies on offer.Fica Na Cidade Festival Fica na Cidade (Stay in the City) is one of the newer cultural activities on the Madeiran social calendar, organised by the Funchal city counsil. Despite its youth, it is one of the largest urban music...

    São Tiago Menor Festival – 1 The São Tiago Menor Festival dates back to 1521 and 1523 when Madeira’s population were besieged by the black death (plague). In response to this and the ensuing panic among the living community, the city’s leaders met at the Sé Cathedral in Funchal to discuss which saint they would choose to protect the people. In the end, they placed four names in a hat and picked a name at random, and so São Tiago Menor became the patron saint of Funchal. Today the festival is mainly celebrated in the Old Town of Funchal especially in Rua de Santa Maria and Largo do Corpo Santo with the highlight of the celebrations being the procession in honour of São Tiago Menor finishing at the Church of Socorro, Funchal where a mass to honour the saint is held. Maktub Soundsgood – Paul do Mar For those looking for something a little different on the music scene then the Maktub Soundsgood reggae festival in Paul do Mar is just for you. This mesh of music, environment and the locat...

    Medieval Market – Machico This event is held in the historic town of Machico, the Medieval Market ‘Mercado Quinhentista’ celebrates the discovery of Machico through a series of sixteenth-century costumed enactments, horseback events, fire eaters, acrobats, open-air theatre and live music. However, the highlight of the event has to be the procession honouring the discovery of Madeira, as the first ship to enter Machico harbour sails into view. You cannot help but be swept away on a tide of enthusiasm as jugglers, singers, musicians, knights, farmers and dancing girls perform in front of the crowds. The town centre resembles a medieval market and as such has a wide variety of stalls selling medieval gifts as well as pottery and wickerwork demonstrations. It’s fun, all-encompassing and a great family event that can be seen on this live webcam. Regional Arts Week – Funchal Situated in various locations throughout the centre of Funchal the Regional Arts Week showcases the artistic skills...

    Madeira Day – 1 July Madeira Day is a national holiday celebrating the anniversary of the archipelago’s independence from mainland Portugal, granted in 1976 in the Portuguese Constitution. Official ceremonies are held throughout the Autonomous Region of Madeira, while families and friends enjoy picnics and plenty of lively local events. Madeira Fashion Weekend – Praça CR7 This outdoor fashion show, which takes place on the promenade outside the famous Cristiano Ronaldo CR7 hotel, is quickly becoming an essential event on the international fashion calendar. Of course, with its Madeiran take on things the show is that little bit different. As it intends to create a platform where regional, national and international designers can showcase their talent alongside great musicians and dancers, bringing an altogether different fashion show concept that not only highlights Madeiran talent, it proves to the world that the island has the potential to be one of the leading fashion capitals of...

    Madeira Wine Rally (Rali Vinho Madeira) Rally cars dominate Madeira’s picturesque landscape over three days during the annual Madeira Wine Rally. This top race attracts a number of European competitors, whose skilful driving is tested by the island’s mountainous routes, winding roads and unpredictable weather. Fans flock to watch the race, and there are plenty of places where visitors can gather to appreciate the speed and expertise of the drivers. The Madeira Wine Rally is one of the top events in the FIA European Rally Championships. SANTAcurtas – Santa Cruz The world in which we live touches us all; whether it is mobility, human rights, conservation, business or pleasure it affects us both directly and indirectly. As such the SANTAcurtas Short Film Festival aims to showcase films that may be unavailable to watch in traditional cinemas and develop a passion for directors and actors to create films that tell a story, move an audience and make a difference in their rawness, intensit...

    Wine Harvest Festival – Porto Santo Porto Santo’s Wine Harvest Festival is one of the biggest events in Porto Santo. Held in Largo das Palmeiras, visitors enjoy the opportunity to get to know the grape varieties produced on the island. Activities include wine tasting, winemaking demonstrations and an exhibit of some of the tools and equipment used to cultivate and harvest the grapes, including a traditional wine press. Music and folklore groups provide plenty of entertainment.Grape and Farmer Festival – Porto da Cruz The small town of Porto da Cruz is a hive of activity throughout their annual Grape and Farmer festival, which remains one of the parish's most important cultural events. The town is renowned for its winemaking prowess, especially its dry red wine which is locally known as ‘vinho seco.’ As with all Madeiran cultural parties, the event celebrates in style with an exciting parade comprising of folklore groups, men in traditional costumes, unique floats as well as costumed...

    Madeira Flower Festival – (Children's 'Wall of Hope' 2nd Oct and 'Flower Parade' 3rd Oct) – Celebrations 1st to 24th, 2021 Every year, two weeks after Easter, Madeira Flower Festival fills the main streets of Funchal’s centre with floats displaying a myriad of flowers and colours. On the eve of the Sunday street parade, thousands of children gather on Avenida Arriaga (Children’s Parade) and go to Praça do Município where they build a ‘Wall of Hope’, made of thousands of flowers. Other activities during this time include the making of flower carpets in the streets, folklore performances, flower shows, classical music concerts and variety shows. Madeira Auto Show of vintage motor vehicles, which is also included in the Flower Festival celebration programme, taking place at Avenida do Mar. This is a great opportunity to contemplate the best classic cars and motorcycles in Madeira. Madeira Wine Festival – 1st to 24th October 2021 Recalling the social and economic importance of Madeira w...

  6. Oct 19, 2021 · Traditionally made with pork, vindaloo is a type of cooking that originates from Goa on India’s southwest coast, formerly a Portuguese settlement (which may explain the unusual use of pork). Today, this spicy preparation is used for lamb, seafood, and even vegetables.

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