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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: St. Vincent’s Day (2015)


St. Vincent’s Day (2015)

São Vicente (St. Vincent of Saragossa) is the patron saint of Lisbon, Portugal. In Lisbon, people celebrate his feast day with processions and prayers. But in the surrounding rural areas, there are a number of folk traditions associated with this day. Farmers believe that by carrying a resin torch to the top of a high hill on January 22, they can predict what the coming harvest will be like. If the wind extinguishes the flame, the crops will be abundant; if the torch continues to burn, a poor growing season lies ahead. More… Discuss

today’s holiday : National Agriculture Fair at Santarém


National Agriculture Fair at Santarém

The most important agricultural fair in Portugal is held for 10 days in June each year at Santarém, capital of the rich agricultural province of Ribatejo. Although the focus of the Ribatejo Fair is on farming and livestock breeding, there is also a colorful program of bullfighting, folk singing, and dancing, as well as a procession of campinos, or bull-herders. Many other European countries exhibit farm animals and machinery at the Feira Nacional de Agricultura. More… Discuss

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Fabulous Musical Moments: AMÁLIA canta ” AVÉ MARIA FADISTA ” de Gabriel de Oliveira e Música: Vianinha


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AMÁLIA canta ” AVÉ MARIA FADISTA ” de Gabriel de Oliveira e Música: Vianinha

Amália Rodrigues

Avé Maria Fadista

Letra: Gabriel de Oliveira
Música: Francisco Viana ( Vianinha )

Portuguese

Avé Maria Fadista

Avé Maria sagrada
Cheia de graça divina
Oração tão pequenina
De uma beleza elevada.

Nosso Senhor é convosco,
Bendita sois vós, Maria.
Nasceu vosso Filho, um dia,
Num palheiro humilde e tosco.

Entre as mulheres bendita,
Bendito é o fruto, a luz,
Do vosso ventre, Jesus,
Louvor e graça infinita.

Santa Maria das Dores,
Mãe de Deus, se for pecado,
Tocar e cantar o fado,
Rogai por nós pecadores.

Nenhum fadista tem sorte,
Rogai por nós Virgem Mãe.
Agora, sempre e também
Na hora da nossa morte’

English

Hail Mary Fadista*

Sacred Hail Mary 1
Full of grace
This is a tiny prayer
Of great beauty.

The Lord is with thee;
Blessed art thou, Mary.
Your Son was born one day
In a humble and rough haystack.

Blessed among the women,
Blessed is the fruit, the light,
Of thy womb, Jesus,
Praise and infinite grace.

Our Lady of Sorrows,
Mother of God, if it is sin
Playing and singing fado2,
Pray for us sinners.

No singer is lucky,
Pray for us Virgin Mother
Now, always and also
At the hour of our death.

 

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TODAY’S SAINT: ST. VINCENT’S DAY (AND HOPE FOR A GOOD YEAR FOR CROPS)


St. Vincent’s Day

São Vicente St. Vincent of Saragossa is the patron saint of Lisbon, Portugal. In Lisbon, people celebrate his feast day with processions and prayers. But in the surrounding rural areas, there are a number of folk traditions associated with this day. Farmers believe that by carrying a resin torch to the top of a high hill on

English: Statue of Vincent of Saragossa, in Sa...

English: Statue of Vincent of Saragossa, in Saint Vincent Church, Braga, Portugal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

January 22, they can predict what the coming harvest will be like. If the wind extinguishes the flame, the crops will be abundant; if the torch continues to burn, a poor growing season lies ahead.

 More… Discuss

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Today in History: The Treaty of Tordesillas (June 7, 1494)


The Treaty of Tordesillas (June 7, 1494)
Front page of the Treaty

Front page of the Treaty
Created 7 June 1494 in Tordesillas, Spain
Ratified 2 July 1494 in Spain
5 September 1494 in Portugal
Location Archivo General de Indias (Spain)
Arquivo Nacional da Torre do Tombo (Portugal)
Authors Pope Alexander VI
Signatories Ferdinand II of Aragon
John II of Portugal
Purpose To divide trading and colonizing rights for all newly discovered lands between Spain and Portugal to the exclusion of other European nations

The Treaty of Tordesillas (Portuguese: Tratado de Tordesilhas, Spanish: Tratado de Tordesillas), signed at Tordesillas (now in Valladolid province, Spain), 7 June 1494, divided the newly discovered lands outside Europe between Spain and Portugal along a meridian 370 Castillian leagues (approximately 2,061 kilometres (1,281 mi)) west of the Cape Verde islands (off the west coast of Africa). Continue reading