Christmas Celebrations In Portugal:

Christmas is very important and most traditional festival celebrated in Portugal. Lots of joy and excitement could be seen at the time of Christmas festive session. On Christmas country is decorated with colored lights and other artificial things. Main tradition here on Christmas is to decorate Christmas tree wonderfully.

In Christmas festive session each of Portuguese keep a plant of Oak in their houses. This wooden piece “Cepo de Natal” or Christmas log is unique tradition here. Celebration is start on Christmas Eve like festive activities performed in West. Portuguese families gather around the Christmas tree to celebrate the birth of Jesus. People attend the midnight Mass – Missa do Galo and return to there houses to enjoy midnight supper.

“Ceia de natal” the menu of dinner includes codfish with boiled potatoes and Cabbage. Fihos, rabanadas, Altria and Bolo rei are Christmas deserts also includes in dinner. Singing carols at homes and streets are basic tradition here.

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Christmas In Romania:

Christmas is one of the best celebrations in Romania. This festival is celebrated with full of joy and excitement. In 1947 when country surrendered against USSR accept the western tradition to celebrate Christmas. Later in 1989 country establish its own tradition within the basic of Christmas celebration. Singing carols in special form are basic activity on Christmas here. Decorating Christmas tree within houses and streets explores the celebration.

“Ignatius” is the main tradition on Christmas here. It is performed in the honor of Saint Ignatius. This is come on 20 December. This ritual includes sacrificing a pig in each house.

After performing pre activity head of pig is cut down by sharp knife. Small part of the Meat is cooked immediately for family member. Carolers sing carols by going house to house. They hold star painted cards and images of bible during the singing. People serve nuts, chocolate and other desserts to carolers.

Cooking is started 3 days before of Christmas. Christmas dinner includes pickled cabbage leaves stuffed with combination of pork and beef along with rice, pepper, thyme and other spices. “Sarmale” and “cozonaci” are the unique dishes of the Romanian Christmas dinner.

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