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Why do we use “feira” in Portuguese and not in other languages?



Why do we use "feira" in Portuguese and not in other languages?

Portuguese is a curious language, despite its origin from Latin, some of the differences are notorious and have been historically reformulated with motifs of the time that remain.

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The difference becomes even more noticeable when similarities are present in other languages ​​of the same origin, while in language Portuguese is not. One great example is the days of the week in Portuguese, which did not follow the example of Spanish, Italian and French.

Relationship between religion and astrology

Initially, it is necessary to understand that these languages ​​appeared in Europe at a time when religions and astrology were very strong. Thus, the days of the week are closely associated with various gods and stars.

Most of these formations were Roman, and Latin appeared on the outskirts of Rome, which influenced all other languages, as well as Portuguese. Knowing this, let’s look at examples:

Lunae Dies – Lunar Day (Monday)

Marty Dies – Mars Day (Tuesday)

Mercurii Dies – Mercury Day (Wednesday)

Iovis Dies – Jupiter Day (Thursday)

Veneris dies – Venus Day (Friday)

Saturni Dies – Saturn Day (Saturday)

Solis Dies – Dia do Sol (Sunday)

Over the years, the origin has changed and concerned, first of all, weekends. Sunday, which used to be called solis dies, had to be replaced by dominica, the day of the Lord. The same process that took place on Saturday, previously called the Latin saturni dies, was changed to sabbatum. We explain!

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The change took place in Braga, Portugal.

Mainly responsible for the change was the Catholic Church in Portuguese-speaking countries. The Bishop of São Martinho de Braga, a Portuguese, asked in 563 to change all names of pagan origin and ended up applying these changes, which in theory should only be valid during Holy Week, but ended up being used during Holy Week. throughout the year and continues to this day.

As for the use of “feira” on each day of the week, that’s because the term comes from the Latin feria, which means “day of rest.” At that time, Bishop Martinho de Braga decided that the names of the weekdays dedicated to the pagan gods should change. However, the order of the pontiff was valid only on the days of Holy Week, a period when every good Christian should rest. As a result, this term was adopted for the whole year, but only by the Portuguese.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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