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Epiphany in Portugal: Chasing Stars with the Wise Men



In Portugal, January heralds the enchanting celebration of Epiphany Day, or "Dia de Reis," a cultural extravaganza that beautifully intertwines spirituality, folklore, and community. This festive day commemorates the journey of the Three Wise Men—Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar—to the infant Jesus in Bethlehem, symbolized by the guiding star that leads the way.


Today, on Epiphany Eve, families gather for festive dinners featuring the traditional "Bolo Rei" cake, adorned with dried fruits and nuts. We know the best places in Lisbon to taste this delicious treat. Come find out with us!


Epiphany in Portugal is a radiant tapestry of tradition, spirituality, and community. The timeless journey of the Three Wise Men continues to inspire awe, creating cherished memories that endure through generations. Whether marveling at starlit processions or savoring the sweetness of Bolo Rei, the Portuguese Epiphany reflects the enduring power of faith, unity, and the joy found in shared traditions.



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