Bolo Rei (King’s Bread)

Bolo Rei is a typical Portuguese bread which is eaten traditionally between Christmas, New Year’s Day and even until the Epiphany (The Three Kings’ Day, which is the 6th of January). Its name alludes to the Three Wise Men who visited new born Jesus and brought him gifts. The bread has a round shape with … Read moreBolo Rei (King’s Bread)

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