Every country has its own people and culture, but are they always really different? As a Brazilian who recently moved to Portugal, I came across some interesting similarities that can prove Brazilians and Portuguese are not so far from each other. Here are some reasons why they are, in fact, not that different.
1. Both are really warm people
Brazilians are really friendly, always with a smile on their face. Everyone that has been to Brazil at least once, shares this universal opinion: the best thing about Brazil is its people. Although the Portuguese seem to be more serious, they are as warm as Brazilians. Foreigners that visit Portugal are often amazed at how the Portuguese are very friendly and helpful, always ready to share tips on where to eat and drink.
2. Coffee is a mutual passion
In both countries you can quickly notice their love for coffee. Brazilians and Portuguese always find time in their schedule to take a break and have a coffee. It can be pure, with milk, hot or cold, long or short, it really doesn’t matter as long as it tastes like coffee. They also have it after every meal, like it’s some kind of ritual. Here’s a precious tip: whether you are in Brazil or Portugal, stay for a coffee lunch or dinner, and have yourself a new ritual to bring back home. They really make you want to become a coffee lover too!
3. The meals can last forever
Food is very important for both countries. Not the food itself but to have meals with their loved ones as both are really family people. To have a meal with a Brazilian or a Portuguese it is not to simply sit at the table and eat. It is actually like a tradition that cannot be done in just half an hour. The place they’re going to eat doesn’t matter, it can be a restaurant or at home. What matters is the connection they have with each other during every meal. They are both known for having strong bonds with their families and friends, and it’s a common thing that a simple weekend lunch can last 3 hours.
4. Summertime is beach time
Ipanema and Copacabana are two famous beaches in Brazil, and they’re crowded mostly all year, but especially during the summer. Like Brazil, Portugal has a really hot weather when it’s summer, with temperatures that can achieve 39ºC on a sunny day. You can find very beautiful beaches in Portugal too, and they will be crowded at the weekends during the summer, just like in Brazil. The only difference is that these two countries have the summer in different times of the year. Brazil being from December to March and in Portugal from June to September. During these days you can put your bikini on, lay on your towel to get yourself tanned and enjoy the good weather with some friends. For sure you won’t be alone because Brazilians and Portuguese love going to the beach. Just don’t forget your sunscreen!
5. June is the São João season
Brazilians and Portuguese are really religious people, so June is a month when they celebrate some of the catholic saints. You can celebrate the São João party, also called as Festa Junina, in both countries. This traditional street party is originally from Portugal, and it was brought to Brazil during the colonisation. These parties show some difference though. It’s common to see tissue paper hot air balloons during this party in Portugal, however in Brazil this is prohibited and seen as a crime. Both countries they have campfires, lots of food, dancing, fireworks and music. It is a great traditional street party to attend to in Brazil and Portugal, and it’s amazing to see how close both cultures really are.
Brazil and Portugal not only share the same language, but their way of being a friendly and warm people. It’s not a mystery why we see so many Portuguese in Brazil and each year more and more Brazilians come to Portugal: they see a lot of each other in themselves.
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Thais is a Tourism and Management student based in Porto, Portugal. Living in Rio de Janeiro for 9 years has made her a multicultural person and improved her curiosity about the (unknown) world out there. She plans to travel around the globe one country at a time, and has taken the first step by leaving Brazil and moving to Portugal. She keeps her adventures alive through her passion for writing, and she is excited about all the new stories that are coming her way.