Eight of March
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Awareness is the best gift.  

March 8, the date that is not to celebrate female beauty, but rather the fighting for equity rights. Inlife supports this cause.   

What are the origins of this day?  

February 26 of 1909 was marked by thousands of women protesting in the streets of New York. They wanted the right to vote, in addition to better working conditions.  

In August 1910, a German woman started a demonstration calling for equal gender rights in Europe.  

Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time on March 19, 1911. However, demonstrations for women’s rights continued to take place. 

Six years later in Russia, on March 8, a group of female workers took part in a demonstration against hunger and World War I. Thus, March 8 has become known as Women’s Day in many countries.  

Only in 1975, the United Nations formalized March 8 as the official International Women’s Day. This date has historical importance, which reveals a problem that still exists today: gender equity.  

How is it celebrated?  

Around the world, the 8 of March honors all women. Some honor them in the form of protest and promotion of gender equity, while others celebrate all the advances already made in favor of women.  

Today? Have all the goals been achieved?  

Definitely not. Even after so many efforts, today, in only one of ten countries women have been elected as Head of State. One in three women in the world is a victim of violence, usually by her partner, and it is not considered a crime in more than twenty countries. About 200 million women and girls alive have experienced genital mutilation. More than 100 million women do not attend school. At least in 117 countries, there are still no laws to protect girls from childhood marriage.  

At all times, remember that this day exists to honor those who dedicated themselves to the struggle. Also, remember that we all can, and must change the world. Be aware that you can always count on our sorority and empathy. Happy International Women’s Day!


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Five Places That Inspired J. K. Rowling to Write Harry Potter
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Follow the footsteps of the author and make an unique itinerary in Porto.

 

J.K. Rowling moved to Porto after the death of her mother, Anne, in 1991. The author went to teach English, married, had a daughter and wrote the first three manuscript chapters of the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Porto is a charming city and many of the city’s sites were an inspiration to the author. 

Here are 5 places you can visit and take a picture like Harry and his friends.

1. Café Majestic

The front door of Majestic

How about starting the day with breakfast at this beautiful marble-table cafe, where the author wrote her favorite chapter of the book, The Mirror of Erised.

Address: Rua de Santa Catarina 112, Porto 

Monday to Saturday 9 AM to 11:30 PM                        

2. Livraria Lello & Irmão

Tati from @mundodosviajantes on the stairs of the bookstore

The moment that every fan is thrilled is when entering the emblematic Lello Bookstore. The bookstore’s central stairs, it’s the main business card, seem to teleport visitors directly to Hogwarts. Opened in 1906, it has been considered several times as one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world.

Tip: Buy the ticket from the website before you visit, if not, prepare to wait in line for a long time.

Address: Rua das Carmelitas 144,  Porto

From 9:30 AM to 7:00 PM – Every day

Ticket: 5€                              

3. Universidade do Porto

The Porto University is very important for the book, not for its monumental building, or for being one of the oldest universities in the country, but for the school uniform, which is composed of a black suit, white shirt and a black cover, that inspired the uniforms of Hogwarts. 

Get used to walking the streets of the city and the country and watching students wear the suit on a daily basis, it’s a tradition all over the country. 

Address: Praça de Gomes Teixeira, Porto

From Monday to Saturday 09 AM to 07 PM     

4. Escovaria de Belomonte 

Brooms Store Entrance

Opened in 1927, this friendly handmade broom shop of all kinds was the inspiration of the flying brooms of Harry’s universe.

Address: Rua do Belomonte, 34, Porto

Monday to Saturday 09 AM to 07 PM

5. Jardins do Palácio de Cristal

Garden view

Last but not least, to finish this magical itinerary, nothing better than ending in the charming Crystal Palace gardens, source of inspiration for the Black Forest of the saga, and still have the privilege of enjoying a beautiful view of the Douro River.

Address: Rua de Dom Manuel II, Porto

From 08 AM to 09 PM – Every day   

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It’s Carnival Time
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Have an amazing typical Portuguese Carnival

This year, on the 25th of February, dressed up as a princess, superhero, clown or witch to celebrate the most wanted party, the Carnival. In Portugal, many cities are also dressed in different colors and costumes.

Woman in Carnival

TORRES VEDRAS, the most Portuguese Carnival in Portugal

It is in Torres Vedras that, every year, due to the magic of the Carnival, the “most Portuguese Carnival in Portugal” happens. This party is known for the Carnival parades as well its variety of programs during 5 days. This city offers a lot of fun.

Our planet also deserves the opportunity to dress up, and to join the party so this event has been decreasing its environmental impact toward sustainability. 

 

SESIMBRA, Carnival at the beach

If you do not want to stay far away from Lisbon and the beach, you can not miss the pure fun of Sesimbra’s Carnival. In the streets, you will see a lot of adults and children parade with their costumes, costume contents and also people dancing the famous Samba. The program is planned by local people which makes it so unique. You can also enjoy the bars close to the beach, and when you are hungry you can eat tasty grilled fish.

 

OVAR, the Carnival which lasts more than 10 days

It started on the 1st of February, but you still more than in time to join the party. You will need to be full of beans in case you want to face this Carnival. Ovar is located in Aveiro district and during these days it is marked by its parades and costume contest. It also has a building called “Aldeia do Carnaval” (“Carnival Village”). There, entertainment is promised from the day to the night, or, maybe, from the night to the day.

 

FUNCHAL, a flight to a warmer Carnival

For the ones who like to be challenged, a flight Lisbon-Funchal means a lot of fun and a warmer Carnival. More exactly in Santa Cruz, the party is certain. All the happiness of the people in the streets, all the colors and a wide variety of costumes and local gastronomy mark these days.

In Funchal, moments of joy and good disposal are dominant everywhere.
As we are used to saying in Portugal “A vida são 2 dias, o Carnaval são 3”, which means “Life lasts 2 days, Carnival lasts 3”, in our country the traditional Carnival parties last even more days.

Princess, superhero, clown, witch, … Have you already chosen your costume? Don’t forget to tag @inlifeportugal  in stories when you follow our tips 😉.


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Be my Valentine, Lisbon?
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February is the month of love. With it comes the most wanted Valentine’s day.

Did you know that the 14th of February is the day of the death of Saint Valentine? Valentine was a saint who was killed in the 3rd century because he secretly married couples after the marriage had been forbidden by the Roman emperor.

And what about the well known postcards and sentence “Would you be my Valentine?”? These were born in the 19th century in England.

Woman Writing on a Postcard

In Portugal and in many countries, Valentine’s day is celebrated on the 14th of February but, for example, in Brazil, this day happens on the 12th of June, Saint Anthony’s day which is also the saint of the weddings and Lisbon.

Couple Running Together

What if you celebrate this day contributing to the health of your heart and your soulmate’s heart? Love Run challenges all couples. It will be a 6km running in Estádio Universitário de Lisboa in which you have to cross the finishing line with your other half. If you are single and you love running you can participate too. If you are lucky, with the help of Saint Anthony, you may find your soulmate there. In case you prefer calmer sports you can walk instead of run.

This running will happen on Saturday, the 15th of February. If you want more information click here.

In addition, Lisbon is an amazing city for you to enjoy romantic walks close to the river, to have a picnic in viewpoints, to go on a sailboat trip in Tagus River… For those who want to spend more money, on this day, in Lisbon, you can find several restaurants with special menus dedicated to the love’s day.

Tagus River Sunset

Well, have you already thought about how are you going to surprise your other half? What are you waiting for?


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Lunar New Year in Lisbon
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Today, January 25, the New Year of the Rat begins.

Traditional Chinese Dragon Parade

According to the Chinese zodiac, each year is governed by an animal and an element. This year will be the Metal Rat Year. That means we will have a year that favors quick action, financial life, and mental agility.

According to tradition, it’s good to eat foods appreciated by rats, such as nuts and cheese. A good reason to meet friends and celebrate.

After that how about going with your friends to the Orient Museum and attending the workshop to make Chinese lanterns. The Lantern Festival marks the end of the new year’s celebrations.

Address: Doca de Alcantara Norte, Av. Brasília, Lisboa

From Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM, except Saturday from 10 AM to 10 PM

Happy New Year and don’t forget to tag @inlifeportugal in stories when you follow our tips 😉.

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