Brazilian Culture

September 7th: Brazilian Independence Day

»Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Blog, Brazilian Culture | 0 comments

September 7th:  Brazilian Independence Day

September 7th is an important date in Brazilian history. Perhaps the most important. In April 1500, Brazilian lands (inhabited for centuries by several indigenous groups ) were invaded and conquered by Portugal. And Brazil became a Portugal’s colony. Centuries have passed by. And from the blend of portuguese settlers, native inhabitants, african slaves and other immigration, a new people arose in the colony: the Brazilian. In 1808, King Dom João VI of Portugual, came to Brazil with his family, fleeing from Napoleon Bonaparte. The King transferred the seat of his government to Rio de Janeiro. But the King went further! Dom João began to implement changes and improvements and Brazil enters into a process of “decolonization”, resembling more to a...

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June Festivals in Brazil

»Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Blog, Brazilian Culture | 0 comments

June Festivals in Brazil

The “June Festivals” (Festas Juninas) are among the most important Brazilian traditions. During the month of June, all around the country, we have four weekends of festivities. The origin of these festivals comes from Portugal, which brought to Brazil their tribute to some Catholic saints. In Brazil the festivals got also the influence of indigenous and africans traditions and today are typically nationals. The “caipira”  The Festivals were born inside the country, so it’s a celebration to the peasant, the country man or, as we say here: the “caipira” (“rustic”). We also say “Festa Caipira”, another name for “June Festival”. Children are traditionally characterized with clothing and...

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“The Girl from Ipanema” that conquered the world.

»Posted by on Apr 24, 2016 in Blog, Brazilian Culture | 0 comments

“The Girl from Ipanema” that conquered the world.

Bossa nova was born in 1958. In 1962, Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes wrote “Girl from Ipanema”, inspired on a real girl form Ipanema, Helô Pinheiro (picture), a song that travelled around the world, carrying with it the image of the country, somewhat real, somewhat utopian. Here you can hear the version in English and Portuguese with Frank Sinatra and Jobim singing and playing guitar. Garota de Ipanema (Tom Jobim / Vinícius de Moraes) Olha que coisa mais linda Mais cheia de graça É ela menina Que vem e que passa No doce balanço, a caminho do mar Moça do corpo dourado Do sol de Ipanema O seu balançado é mais que um poema É a coisa mais linda que eu já vi passar Ah, porque estou tão sozinho Ah, porque tudo é tão triste Ah, a beleza que existe A beleza...

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Brigadeiros

»Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Blog, Brazilian Culture | 0 comments

Brigadeiros

Among the many Brazilian delicacy, one of the most popular is certainly the Brigadeiro, a Brazilian party food staple created in 1940. In some countries the Brigadeiro is also known as the “Brazilian truffle.” The Brigadeiro is made from condensed milk, powdered chocolate, butter and chocolate sprinkles to cover the outside layer. It can be cooked in the oven or the microwave, in the form of individual little balls. It can also be eaten straight from the pot once it is done cooking. We can not say for sure its origins. One version explains that the dessert was invented in Brazil after World War II. During that time, it was difficult to find fresh milk and sugar to make any kind of desserts. Because of this, it was discovered that if one mixed condensed milk and...

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Have you ever met Zé Carioca?

»Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in Blog, Brazilian Culture | 0 comments

Have you ever met  Zé Carioca?

Just for the record, “Zé” is a shorter form for “José”, a very common name in Brazil. Now, let me introduce this famous character to you. Zé Carioca is a parrot created by Disney in the 40’s. According to the legend, Walt Disney thought about the character when he was staying at the Copacabana Palace Hotel. His idea was to make a character that represents the stereotype of Brazil. Of course, like any stereotype, there is a mixture of truth and fantasy. Anyway, Zé Carioca is represented as funny, well-humoured and partygoer, but also a bit lazy … Are we all these? At least, that’s how Disney saw us. The parrot first appeared in the movie “Saludos, Amigos” from 1942. In the film, Zé Carioca introduces Brazil to...

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Easter eggs

»Posted by on Apr 5, 2015 in Blog, Brazilian Culture | 0 comments

Easter eggs

  Easter is celebrated in almost everywhere. Including in Brazil, of course. In Brazil, the week of Easter is also called “Holy Week” or “Semana Santa”. On Sunday, families have a special lunch to celebrate. Easter is also a big party for the children who get chocolate eggs. The rabbit is the symbol of our Easter, and according to tradition, it is the rabbit who brings chocolate eggs. But adults can get eggs also, of course! Uma “Feliz Páscoa”!    ...

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