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It’s São João. None stays home tonight

The night of the 23rd June is special in cities like Braga or Porto. Thousands of people invade the streets to celebrate the saint that favours lovers. During the popular festivities, there are many cultural and entertaining events. Obviously, none is working the next day. It’s a holiday and the festivities continue.

In Porto there is also de famous Barcos Rabelos Race, «exhibiting the typical boats formerly used to navigate on the Douro River along 1,5 km, from the Douro mouth to the D. Luís I Bridge, at Ribeira».

Competition is also part of the celebration, with the traditional S. João Run, as well as the competitions of the “cascatas” (typical outdoor decoration), the shop windows and popular poetry.

On the city centre street sellers shout out loud to sell their traditional manjericos (plant), carnations, lemon balm, alho-porro or S. João leek, as well as modern plastic hammers, which you must have to be able to hit friendly your fellow neighbours on this São João night.

The streets are brightly decorated and filled with appetizers sellers, street dancing and play, leading the people to the celebration of S. João surrounded by fun, familiarity, friendship and joy.

Porto dresses up just for you, making sure you live unforgettable days discovering and enjoying the city.

You can find out more about this very special night here.

The youtube video gives you a glimpse of the traditional fireworks.

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June 23, 2008 - Posted by | Braga

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