St Martin’s Day (Martinmas) – 11 November

Mardipäev (Martinmas) has been one of the most important days in the Estonian folk calendar.  Martinmas celebrates the end of the agrarian year and the beginning of the winter period. On this day children disguise themselves as men and go from door to door, singing songs and telling jokes to receive sweets. This year we … Read moreSt Martin’s Day (Martinmas) – 11 November

The Holy Ghost Festivities in the Azores

It is said that this devotion came from the Portuguese mainland which in turn acquired it from Germany. In Portugal it was introduced in the 13th century by Queen Isabel and King D. Dinis. In a special ceremony the King and Queen would coronate the poor and would complete the ceremonies with a big feast … Read moreThe Holy Ghost Festivities in the Azores

Carnival 2019 – Pico

In the Azores “Carnaval” is celebrated with a mixture of festivities, dances, parades, marches, satirical plays and even typical popular theatre that ironizes the Azorean lifestyle and regional political figures. During the “Carnaval” weekend and the following Monday and Tuesday, hundreds of people will get together, wearing all sorts of costumes and masks, dancing and … Read moreCarnival 2019 – Pico

Filhós – Portuguese Doughnuts /Donuts

Ingredients: Yeast 1 tablespoon of dry yeast 400ml of warm water 100 ml of warm milk 1 tablespoon of sugar Dough 1 kg of white all-purpose flour 4 eggs 4 tablespoons of sugar 1 tablespoon of butter (melted) 1 teaspoon of vanilla 4 tablespoons of oil 1 lemon zest To fry ½ l of vegetable … Read moreFilhós – Portuguese Doughnuts /Donuts

“Dia de Amigos” – An Azorean Tradition

It’s a tradition that may be a century old. In the different towns around each island of the Azorean Archipelago people would gather for weekly Thursday evening meetings, which were known as “Serões”, to choose the cereals, wheat and corn, that would be used for the Holy Ghost Festivities. During those evening gatherings, songs were … Read more“Dia de Amigos” – An Azorean Tradition