its, beyond question, the longest night in porto.
friends and family reunite to celebrate s. joão in a popular fashion walking around the city to find a nice spot to mount their grill to roast sardines and pork, drinking some wine and sharing stories and laughs. popular or portuguese folk music is essential, all the hits must be played to cheer everyone up.
the bravest moment of the night is to launch a s.joão ballon. its a group work, with great expectations. its always an unforgettable moment when someone successfully put the ballon up, dressing the sky with flickering lights as in a starry night.
around midnight, the fireworks over the bridge “d.luís” marks the highest momentum of the night. from that, the tradition says that you should walk along the river “douro” until the coast. not so easy to do after some drinks, but you should try it once in your life.
i waited one long hour for you
and I would wait a year.
say: should i wait some more, or won’t
you could not love this fool.
by fernando pessoa
porto | june 2016