Carnival goes back hundreds and hundreds of years. It began in the Catholic religion in Italy. Then it made its way to Portugal.
In Portugal they have feast of wines and chestnuts. They also bake special sugar cookes of herbs and pumpkin spices.
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Most of people go to Halloween parties now but just a few dress up and usually only kids go ask for candies. It's a recent thing, it doesn't make part of our culture, We usually only dress up and have parties around the country in carnival.
No, people in Portugal do not celebrate Halloween. The celebrate The Day of the Dead with feasts at cemeteries.
Portugal hold an annual Carnival Festival. This ends on Shrove or Fat Tuesday. Freedom Day is celebrated on April 25 in remembrance of the 1974 Revolution. June 1 is Azores Day, July 1 is Madeira Day.
All countries in the northern hemisphere, of which Portugal is one, have winter from December 21/22 to March 21/22. Any holiday that falls between these dates is a winter holiday.
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