The cuckoo and some Portuguese popular believes
In some Portuguese villages, when in autumn, we question
old people about their health, we normally get the answer:
- I'll never listen
to the cuckoo again!
If those old people survive through the winter, anxiously, they wait the
arrive of the cuckoo, because its singing will bring them hope in one
more year of life.
The Portuguese young villagers normally question to the
-Tell me cuckoo how long I'll remain single?
is believed meaning one year.
In some Portuguese villages, people believe that when somebody
listen to the cuckoo for the first time in the spring without money, this
somebody will remain penniless through the year. So, at the proper time,
people are prevented with some coins into their pockets.