Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s that time of the year, and I love it ♥ Are you going to celebrate Christmas and welcome the new year with Brazilian family and friends? Maybe you will spend the holidays in Brazil. How awesome is that, right? Then let’s get your New Year’s and Christmas vocabulary in Portuguese ready so you can join the conversation.
Christmas Vocabulary in Portuguese
Feliz Natal = Merry Christmas
Boas Festas = Happy Holidays
- Festa means: party; festivity; merriment
- Holiday means: feriado (such as Presidents Day or New Year’s Day); férias (= vacation)
A Véspera do Natal = Christmas eve
A ceia de Natal = Christmas supper
O espírito natalino = Christmas spirit
Papai Noel = Santa Claus
A chaminé = chimney
A lareira = fireplace
A rena = reindeer
O trenó = sleigh
Os cânticos natalinos = Christmas carols
A decoração de Natal = Christmas decoration
Os enfeites de Natal = Christmas ornaments
A árvore de Natal = Christmas tree
As luzes de Natal = Pisca-pisca = Christmas lights
O presente = gift
As meias = stockings, socks
O boneco de neve = snowman
- It’s summer in Brazil during the holiday season! Learn more about Christmas in Brazil.
O floco de neve = snowflake
A vela = candle
A guirlanda de Natal = Christmas wreath
Os sinos = bells
O anjo = angel
O biscoito de gengibre = gingerbread cookie
A Estrela de Belém = the Star of Bethlehem
O Presépio = Nativity scene
A Manjedoura = manger
Os três Reis Magos = the Magi, the Wise Men, the Three Kings
A Missa do Galo = Midnight Mass
New Year’s Vocabulary in Portuguese
Feliz Ano Novo! = Happy New Year!
Próspero Ano Novo! = Prosperous New Year!
A festa de Reveillon = New Year’s Eve party
A véspera do Ano Novo = New Year’s Eve
O Amigo Secreto = O Amigo Oculto = Secret Santa
Primeiro de janeiro = New Year’s day
Os fogos de artifício = fireworks
O champanhe = champagne
How Brazilians celebrate the new year
Now you need to learn common Brazilian New Year’s traditions and superstitions, so you can connect deeper, participate more, and fully enjoy your experience. Visit my blog post to learn how we Brazilians celebrate the new year.
Boas Festas e Próspero Ano Novo!
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