Brazilian Culture

Valentine’s Day – Dia dos Namorados

»Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Blog, Brazilian Culture | 0 comments

Valentine’s Day –  Dia dos Namorados

      In many countries, Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14. But not in Brazil. In fact, many people never heard of “Valentine”. But we surely have our day dedicated to lovers. Here, the ‘Dia dos Namorados” (Valentine’s Day) is celebrated on June 12. According to the legend, this date was chose because of the portuguese priest Fernando de Bulhões, the “Saint Antonio”. This saint, whose official date is June 13, is quite important here. Protector of love and marriage, Saint Antonio is called “the matchmaker saint” (santo casamenteiro). On the evening of day 12, all the lonely hearts make several “simpatias” and promises to the Saint asking him for a happy ending. Thus,...

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October 12th: Children’s Day in Brazil

»Posted by on Oct 11, 2014 in Blog, Brazilian Culture | 0 comments

October 12th: Children’s Day in Brazil

October 12 is a national holiday. Officially, Brazil is a secular country, however some Catholic celebrations are still part of the official calendar. Thus, this holiday is to honor Holy Mary of Aparecida, Brazil’s official patron. But for anyone who is in Brazil, what stands out most is Children’s Day. The date was established in 1924 and chosen in association with ‘discovery’ of America by Columbus, on the same day, centuries before. At first the idea was not successful. In the ’60s, the toy company “Estrela” has launched a promotion to promote the sale of the doll “Bebê Rubusto” on Children’s Day. After that, the date has become a tradition for the kids and a joy to trade. The story somewhat resembles...

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To kiss or not to kiss?

»Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in Blog, Brazilian Culture | 0 comments

To kiss or not to kiss?

  Nothing better than a Brazilian to tell how things work around here, right? Wrong. Some habits are too obvious to us. We do not realize how certain things may seem odd to those who come from abroad. That’s why I like knowing the foreigner point of view. And that’s how I found the blog “Creelman…does Brazil!”. He tells about a certain “Brazilian kissing culture”. He says that we kiss each other all the time. Kisses of love no matter where and no matter when. Kisses on the cheek between people we barely know. Kisses, kisses, kisses … Ok, I can explain. It is true. In Brazil, do not panic: you will be kissed on the face all the time. But it is a symbolic kiss, quick and subtle. Relax. And kiss back! As for the...

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The “Choro” of Altamiro Carrilho

»Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in Blog, Brazilian Culture | 0 comments

The “Choro” of Altamiro Carrilho

When we say “Brazilian music” the first thought is samba or bossa nova. Brazilian music is bigger than that. To explain all of our musical history, I would need a blog just for that… Among all Brazilian musical styles there is one in special, that was born long before anyone think about samba: the “choro” or “chorinho” (“crying”, in literal translation). Just between us, my preferred style of Brazilian music. Choro is the first urban music born in Brazil in the nineteenth century. Despite the name, chorinho is usually cheerful, rhythmic, and not easy to play by the “chorões”, the name given to the musicians of choro. It’s been a while that I wanted to tell you the story of choro, and I...

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Women and Havaianas

»Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Blog, Brazilian Culture | 0 comments

Women and Havaianas

Apparently, Brazil is not only coffee, football, samba and carnival. We know that, among the stereotypes that run around, there is the myth of “Brazilian woman.” People abroad say that Brazilian woman are one of the most beautiful in the world. I do not know if this is true, but one thing is true: beauty care is very present in our culture. Makeup, nail varnish, hair done, jewelry, beauty products: we love them all. It is not an imposition! It’s a real pleasure. In 2011, the famous brand of sandals “Havaianas” produced a TV commercial which made a joke with that stereotype. Spoken in French with Portuguese subtitles, the video was a hit on Brazilian television. It is the story of a french couple planning their honeymoon. Guess where...

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