Culture and Traditions
Portugal was the first and largest global empire in the world. It is widely known that Lisbon is 400 years older than Rome, but Portugal itself is the oldest county in the world. Over the centuries it has ammased a wealth of history, which can be seen in the various customs and traditions of Portuguese culture. The Portuguese are very conservative and retain a sence of formality, which is displayed in the form of extreme politeness. Moreover, locals are very fashion-conscious. It is important for them to make a good impression and they believe that clothing reflects one’s status and affluence.
Portugal is popular for musical and cultural festivals. The Agitágueda art festival lasts 23 days. Local artists present their masterpieces and works on the streets of Agitágueda. Numerous concerts and plays can be enjoyed. During the whole summer several theatre, film, and literature festivals take place .
Bullfighting takes its roots from the history of Potugal, even though it is typically a Spanish tradition. What differs, is that they do not kill the bull at the end of corrida de touros, which is a merciful act. In Portugal bullfighting is mostly attended by locals. Whole families come to behold the tradition, which is filled with beautiful music, great costumes, and spectacular performaces.
One cannot talk about Portugal with mentioning its splendid cuisine, which is known all around the world. Portuguese cuisine varies from region to region, but fresh fish and shellfish are found on practically every menu. Each region has its own traditional dishes. Portugal is also a county of wine, and many of those are popular all around the world.