In Portugal, kids go door-to-door on all Saints Day, November 1. (Poor beggars used to too.) They sing songs and are given treats in return. They're given broas (small bread-like cakes), chocolate, nuts and sometimes money. The holiday is called Pão-por-Deus (Bread of God) or "Dia dos Bolinhos" (Day of Cookies) .

Notes

*This is sometimes "bela cruz" (beautiful cross) instead of "vera cruz" (true cross). It can also be found as "daquela cruz" (of this cross).

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When the host gives something to the children, they sometimes chant:

Esta casa cheira a broa
Aqui mora gente boa.
Esta casa cheira a vinho
Aqui mora algum santinho.

English Translation:

This house smells of bread
Here live good people.
This house smells of wine
Here lives a saint.

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Translated by Lisa.

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