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Lisbon — By Alexandre Kühl Oliveira on November 9, 2009 at 1:31 pm

S. Martinho is Offering Roasted Chestnuts

The 11th of November we celebrate Saint Martin’s day with the fist chestnuts and young wine. We gather around a table or a fire place outside telling stories, eating roasted chestnuts and drinking jeropiga, the first wine of the year. This is our Magusto, a popular festivity.


Legend says that a knight, on the cold days of November, helped a poor man giving him half of his coat. Just after that, the sun started to shine as if it was a latte summer day. Today we still expect what we call St. Martins Summer, around this time of the year. That’s why we often sit outside.

Here’s a couple of choices if you would like to join a Magusto, the 11th of November:

Festa da Castanha, from 8am until 8pm at Largo 5 de Outubro, Oeiras (map)

Festa de São Martinho with religious ceremony and Magusto at Vila de Sintra (map)

Photo Credits: Alexandre Kühl Oliveira

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  • What a wonderful custom. You’ll have to let us know if you had a St. Martins summer.

    I’ve never had chestnuts, but they’re so popular this time of year (and for the holiday season), that I’m going to have to find some and give them a try.

  • Today we’re having a nice sunny day. Far from being summer, it’s still great for a outside gathering. Guess St. Martin is still working for Magusto…

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