‘Magusto 2022’ in the parishes of Agualva and Areosa

The parishes of Agualva and Areosa (Portugal) celebrated last 12th November the Magusto 2022, in an opportunity to share, celebrate and spend a time of conviviality among the people who decided to participate.

We join the thanks of both parishes to the participants as well as to the Festivities Commission and volunteers who were in charge of the organisation.

For knowing a little better the meaning of this celebration: The magosto, magosta, magostu, magüestu or amagüestu is a traditional festival in some regions of Spain such as Galicia, Cantabria, Asturias, León, Zamora, Salamanca and Cáceres, as well as the Canary Islands. It is also a very popular festival in Portugal, where it is called magusto. It is a celebration related to the chestnut harvest, similar to the grape harvest festivals related to the grape harvest. Magosto is the name given to the bonfire prepared to roast the chestnuts around which the neighbours gather to share them and drink new wine, cider and freshly distilled orujo after the harvest. The common elements of this festival are that it is held in November (or the end of October) and that the main elements are chestnuts and fire.

 

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