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How Amarante got its penis cookie

Nothings says sweet love like a penis cookie Well, each June, Amarante’s Festa de São Gonçalo features doces fálicos (phallic cakes). The Festa de São Gonçalo is a big deal in Amarante, about 25 miles east of Porto. Yes, this is religious celebration but one with pre-Christian roots that once included fertility rites.


Hence the penis cookies, some more than a foot long. The fair is held on the first weekend in June, when the baroque town is decked out in follower and banners

São Gonçalo is famed for helping older folks find a husband or wife, all from the days before Internet dating sites...

At the Church of São Gonçalo the unwed touch the tomb of the saint, and that it is said will lead to marriage. Add to that the exchange of the penis cookie as a sign of affection. Amarante is charming any day of the year, but this one ices the cake…


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