What is the Magusto Celebration in Portugal?
In the rare, but very bright, sunny days of November comes the wonderful time of the Summer of São Martinho. For decades the 11th of November has been dedicated to the celebration of this Saint, Patron of the Commissionaires, originally from Szambatkely in Hungary.
The legend writes that on a rainy and windy day, as the villagers kept inside, in the warmth, Martinho courageously galloped along the hills on his horse. Miles along the road he found a beggar, for who, with his sword, cut half of his cape to help shelter from the cold. Getting back on his horse, Martinho followed his path and later God decided to thank him, by bringing along a sunny day, initiating the Summer of Sao Martinho.
“Em dia de São Martinho, faz o magusto e prova o teu vinho”
The typical and well-known saying explains that during this time, one is to enjoy the “magusto”, together with some wine, getting ready for the cold winter days to come. The menu combines roasted chestnuts together with a gentle wine, made with water and the remains of grape residues.
In the month of November, the Magusto is celebrated all throughout Portugal. In Vila do Conde, chestnuts are accompanied by wheat bread and walnuts and in Minho the chestnuts are enjoyed alongside a pork killing. In Golegã, close to Santarem, there is the centenary and well known horse Fair of Golegã. The meca of the Lusitanian horse, where people get dressed up, eat traditional food and drink good wine, together with competitions, games and equestrian exhibitions.
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