June has always been my favorite month. I’m a June baby, and so is my husband. The two of us met and began dating in June. In Brazil, Valentine’s Day is also celebrated in June… “Dia dos Namorados”, akin to Valentines Day, is celebrated by married and unmarried couples, in a grand manner. Our kids’ school also had a very special way to celebrate the month of June, and in particular, the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, home of Brazil’s most famous forró singer, Luiz Gonzaga.
In Brazil, Dia dos Namorados is celebrated the eve of Day of St. Anthony. Known as the Marriage Saint, he’s believed to bring good fortune on marriages, so this day is celebrated on a grand scale. Celebrations in Brazil consist of lavish parties, stunning costumes among other things, and commemorating Dia dos Namorados is no exception to this tradition. So, throwing in a huge party where family and friends are invited, and by buying gifts for your beloved is a very common way of celebrating this day.
Single women perform a ritual known as “Simpatias” on this day, to find a good boyfriend or husband for themselves. The day is also celebrated with the exchange of love messages in the form of figurative objects among couples, both married and single. Exchange of greeting cards among couples is another tradition.
And, you also have the so-called “Festas Juninas” or the “Festivities of June”, celebrating life, marriages, crops & harvesting… Filled with lots of typical foods, warm beverages and games.
- Feliz Dia dos Namorados [Brazilian Valentine's Day] (3rdculturechildren.com)
- Becoming Nordestina (portugueseblog.org)
- Festa de Santo Antonio in Brazil (3rdculturechildren.com)