Friday, January 14, 2011

'Janeiras' - Singing in the New Year

The Janeiras is a Portuguese tradition consists of a group of people strolling the streets of a town singing in the New Year. To the modern eye, Janeiras is like Christmas caroling as this tradition involves a group of friends or neighbors going from house to house singing and sometimes playing instruments.
Traditionally, people go out to the streets to sing Janeiras between December 25 and January 6. While singing, they review the most important events of the year with a spirit of happiness and great humor. 

And that is just what we did.....we had a great time!

The elementary school here in our village where my 4 youngest attend went through the streets yesterday singing and petitioning donations for the school.  I went along help control confusion and keep pre-k kids from running out in front of cars.


Jill said...

Looks like a good time was had by all. I love the smile on your little boy's face! : )

Anonymous said...

Thanks for teaching me about Portugal!

You wanna know something weird? Every time I look through your pictures, I always check to see if I look like someone. Silly, huh? You never know though, maybe you're interacting with a relative I don't know. Do you think I look like anyone?

Kidding. Really.
Happy Weekend to you and your family Nina. Praying you'll have good services on Sunday.

Amrita said...

This is such a warm and happy tradition.

Thanks for sharin g it .

I love the kids with the crowns and also the rooster

Starla said...

Sounds fun!!!