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August is diversity month here at the university where I work as a public relations and marketing practitioner.   

Our International office is hosting a workshop on the Portuguese language during this month and I thought it would be a fun idea to learn a bit more about the Portuguese culture and a few phrases over the next few days.

Interesting facts:

Portuguese is the official language of Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and São Tomé and Príncipe. With a total of 236 million speakers, Portuguese is the 6th most spoken language in the world.

The family is the foundation of the social structure and forms the basis of stability.  Loyalty to the family comes before other social relationships, even business.

Each region of Portugal has its own traditional dishes, including various kinds of meat, seafood, fresh fish, dried and salted cod and the famous Cozido à Portuguesa (a Portuguese stew).

During the summer, in the month of June, festivities dedicated to three saints known as Santos Populares take place all over Portugal. The three saints are Saint Anthony, Saint John and Saint Peter.  Common fare in these festivities are wine, água-pé (mostly grape juice), and traditional bread along with sardines.  During the festivities are many weddings, traditional street dances and fireworks.

Here are a few pics


Portuguese Festivities

Portuguese Culture

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