On February 2 the island of Terceira celebrated Dia das Amigas (Girl Friends’ Day). Men-friends get their own day as well, I believe it was a week or so ago. I did not participate in Dia dos Amigos, since I am a human female. These annual celebrations are traditional local events. Mainland Portugal doesn’t have such festivities. My landlord informed me, it isn’t uncommon for the opposite gender to be denied access into particular restaurants and bars on these days. A precedent of that nature seems to emphasize the local and traditional characteristic of the island.
Apparently, each group of celebrating women chooses a theme, thus, we all wore fashionable hats. The table next to us all wore beautiful scarves. To be completely honest, this is the extent of my knowledge of Dia das Amigas. However, my limited understanding of the celebration certainly didn’t prevent me from having an amazing evening with delightful women.
A lovely friend of mine organized our girls evening. It is strange to notice the only males in the entire restaurant were several of the servers and cooks. The clientele was all female, just as my landlord had predicted. Our party consisted of eight women, not all of whom I knew personally. Eight is a good number—not too small for awkward silences to occur frequently, yet not large enough to be overwhelming. I tend to be a little nervous at all-female gatherings. Women can, of course, be very amiable, witty and generally enjoyable—however, they can also be catty, gossipy and conniving. I am very pleased my company for the evening was defiantly the former.
The restaurant had a captivating ambiance and the tables were beautifully decorated with delicate little white flowers and pink Rose petals. Our appetizer was phenomenal vegetarian sushi with mango, red pepper, celery and carrot followed by sauteed chorizo with onions and mixed Biofontinhas salad. We had two main dishes and sides that were shared around the table. A luscious mango mousse concluded our meal. Warm lighting, white wine and delicious food created a cozy atmosphere around our table as we laughed and chatted through our three-hour meal. Terceira’s Dia das Amigas 2012 was a memorable evening with fantastic women. I am elated to have taken part in this lovely tradition.