Ano Novo, Vida Nova!

In Portugal, New Year's Eve is full of traditions and superstitions. Just like Christmas, the celebration begins with a family dinner and even more holiday sweets.

Wearing new underwear on New Year’s Eve in Portugal is said to attract love and good luck, but which colour is best is heavily debated! Some say that your underwear should be blue, others say red. But one of the most iconic customs as the clock strikes midnight, is to eat twelve raisins with a glass of sparkling wine or ‘espumante’. Some say it’s a raisin for each stroke of the clock, while others claim that it’s for each month of the year. Whatever you think, it’s important to consciously make a wish as you devour each of the twelve raisins!

To ward off evil spirits and clear negative energy, locals can usually be seen banging pots and pans together and holding huge firework displays with massive street parties. Sadly, due to Covid restrictions, firework displays will not be going ahead in most areas this year.

Weather-wise, it’s usually very mild and pleasant with warm winter sun during the day and then cooler at night. Temperatures in the Algarve for example can hover around 18°C during the day, which is perfect for a stroll along the beach with a light jacket.

On New Year’s Day, you could always take a dip in the ocean. Not for the faint-hearted but, if you’re feeling brave, you can go to the beach and run into the ocean to clear your head and enjoy a fresh, if not chilly start to the year!

So Ano Novo, Vida Nova – new year, new life – make new memories in your new home in Portugal! Contact us now to find out just how easy it can be - or call us on +351 308 800 878 or 0800 014 8201 free from the UK.

Feliz Ano Novo!

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