Porto Street Vending
Street vending, with its characteristic proclamation that used to be intoned in several streets of the city, has now been lost, but there are still traces of what was a constant in the past. In the Bolhão, Ribeira and S. Sebastião markets we can still find what is the genesis of the spirit of Porto’s commerce with its welcoming and very genuine sellers.
There are also open-air fairs and street vendors, who traded items of all kinds, from chestnuts to charcoal, to the lottery sallesman and to the shoe shiner. As an example of this we have the emblematic Vandoma fair, it started its activity in the Sé area, mostly with young people who sold used pieces collected at home (mainly books, records, clothes), and it was gaining fame and dimension, having expanded to sale of used items, namely clothing, crockery, furniture and decorative items, discs, books, electrical and / or electronic devices, household or work utensils (tools).
Another strong characteristic of the city Invicta is the Oporto’s way of speaking, which is unique in the country, containing words so peculiar and sometimes slang that only he understands them, being recognized throughout the country. It is a form of expression that clearly reveals what the tripeiro character is like, outgoing, assertive, frontal and stripped of formality.
São João – The Popular Party of Porto
It is celebrated on the night of the 23rd to the 24th of June, and there is no people, from birth or affinity, that does not know and does not vibrate with what is known as the longest night of the year of Porto: the night of S. João.
A festival of pagan origin, associated with fertility, the joy of harvest and abundance, which marks the summer solstice.
In a party full of traditions, we highlight the hammers and leeks to hit passers-by on the head, jumps to the fire, basil and their courts and the launch of hot air balloons.
Until the wee hours of the morning, and into the morning, revelers fill the streets of the city with music and color at a party that attracts people from all over the country and beyond borders.
From words to expressions, there are many things in the Portuguese language that distinguish the various regions, from North to South, a characteristic of the vast wealth and diversity of our country, in cultural and also linguistic terms.
The people of Porto have a very unique way of being in life and that is also clear in the way of speaking. They are part of your identity and your very own way of looking at life, some, (among many others) expressions that only those who are from Porto will understand.
To get to know the true essence of the city, it is not enough to know its vast and rich architectural heritage, it is necessary to stroll through its streets and alleys to have contact with its genuine people, who are its true essence.