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São João Porto - before dinner

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. Kahlil Gibran

This week we celebrated São João (St John the Baptist) the saint patron of Porto. The celebrations start in the afternoon of the 23rd of June and go on well into the early hours of the 24th June.

We eat sardines and caldo verde ( kale soup with chorizo) and after dinner we take to the streets to party. The tradition is to hit each other with garlic flowers or soft plastic hammers. The kids loved their soft plastic hammers and loved hitting people on the head with it too.

São João Porto - before dinner
Playing just before dinner while waiting for some more guests to arrive.

This year is the first time we hosted the party and let the kids stay up to celebrate with us. I must admit  I was a little apprehensive has they had never stayed up past 9pm ever before but they did great and had an amazing time. They went to bed just after midnight and were fast asleep as soon as I turned the lights off.

Here is a little phone video from when we went out. Not great quality but you can get the idea.​​

Here is last week’s Living Arrows in case you missed it.

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8 comments

  1. That’s impressive they stayed up so late. I’m not sure N would. When we camp, he’s usually up til 10, but if we’re out for the day, he’d be flagging (bit concerned about festival time and staying late enough to see the bands!) #livingarrows

  2. I’ve never heard of this before but it looks (and sounds) like great fun!! I’m not surprised the soft hammers were a hit, being legitimately allowed to hit me with things would be my son’s number 1 favourite activity! #livingarrows

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