Saying ‘Goodbye Brazil’ in style! (3rdculturechildren.com)
- Brazil means more fashion than we can imagine (onlinefunland.wordpress.com)
Waving along the Southern Coast of Pernambuco, Carneiros Beach (“Praia dos Carneiros”) discreetly possesses all the requirements to become a paradise. Sea of calm and crystal clear waters in shades of blue, palm trees, coral reefs and even a river that ends into the ocean. Likely, our last weekend at the beach in Brazil, surrounded by close friends – at least, the last one, for a while… Who knows what the future has is planning for us?!
Rustic bungalows have been built and decorated to meet the needs of comfort, and privacy, so tourists, or vacationing families may enjoy the peaceful setting that reigns in this paradise, still respecting the environment, its unique features and learning about preservation and ecological conscience.
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.
Centro Social Dom João Costa was founded in 1969 by the nuns of Congregação Damas da Instrução Cristã and is sponsored by Colégio Damas, Colégio Santa Cecília and Faculdade Damas.
They promote educational and cultural activities for children from the community of Alto José do Pinho (a poor community in the neighborhood of Casa Amarela with a lot of social problems, but know as well as a musical center of hardcore/punk bands); and professional courses to adults. Current partners of the NGO include Faculdade Estácio, Governo de Pernambuco, Prefeitura do Recife and Ministério das Comunicações.
“Juazeiro do Norte is best known as the base of the charismatic priest and politician Padre Cícero (Cícero Romão Batista) (1844-1934). A pilgrimage in his honour takes place every November, attracting thousands of followers. It was initially a district of the nearby city Crato, until a young Padre Cícero Romão Batista decided to stay as a cleric in the village. Padre Cícero was then responsible for the independence and emancipation of the city. Because of the so-called “milagre de Juazeiro” (“miracle in Juazeiro”, when Padre Cícero gave the sacred host to the religious sister Maria de Araújo, the host became blood), the priest was associated with mystical characteristics and began to be venerated by the people as a saint. Today the city is the second largest in the state and a reference in the Northeast region thanks to the priest.”
Find below a series of peculiar images from this mystic city, a site visited by tourists all-year around – religious or not…
So, Mother’s Day is for family. It’s a family day, for decades making Hallmark’s top sales, because, people need to say how much they love and cherish their moms – in writing, if all possible! Give it up to the greeting cards’ industries – they’ve got it down. And they’re right: Mother’s Day is for fathers, and sons, and daughters, and… for soccer! Again, this year, Mother’s Day Sunday will be celebrated with… soccer??!
That’s right. Our city, Recife, is completely immersed into the whole “soccer team passion”, and the two most important clubs are playing today, for the championship…
Last year, Mother’s Day was the first-legged game. This year, it’s the final match, so, here are my “motherly impressions” of this not-so-common way to express their love for their
Mothers Soccer Teams!
Impressions from last year’s Mother’s Day Weekend: the two teams facing each other… We stayed at home… safely watching the matches!
After a full week of ‘motherly celebrations‘, the weekend arrived. A dry weekend – the rains, which recently have scared and confused the population, seemed to have ceased. Good news. The city needed to get back into its routine. And with the arrival of weekend, came the excitement of enjoying quality time with the kids, watching them perform the little songs learnt in school, find the opportunity to have that long-lost face time with husband to chat and catch up… That’s right, here in Recife, Brazil, Mother’s Day Sunday just happened to be the first game of the “two-legged” championship final. Here is an idea on how exciting things may get when we’re talking about soccer in the Northeast of Brazil. The two competing teams arrest Sport Club Recife, the favorite, and the bearer of five previous championship victories. Its opponent: the Santa Cruz (“Holy Cross”) Soccer Club, the underdog, who today tried to pull out a miracle: win at the opponent’s ground.
Santa Cruz Futebol Clube, or simply Santa Cruz is a Brazilian football club in Recife, Pernambuco. On February 3, 1914, eleven young men aging from 14 to 16 years founded a football society. Because the boys used to play football on the streets by the yard of the Santa Cruz Church, the club was named after that church, which is situated on Santa Cruz Street in Recife. The first official meeting of the members was at 2 Mangueira St. In this meeting they decided the position of each member, the name of the club “Santa Cruz Football Club”, and society’s colors. Sport Club do Recife was founded on May 13th 1905, when Guilherme de Aquino Fonseca, from Pernambuco, returned after a season estudying in England. He got deeply interested in the British football, so, with some associates in Recife, he had the idea to create the club that would eventually become the greatest club in Brazilian’s North and Northeast Region. Sport Club Recife’s clubhouse is located in Praça da Bandeira, in the Ilha do Retiro, district in Recife. The club’s big structure has a number of areas, such as tennis courts, volleyball and hockey quarters. There is also a big aquatic complex, a training center and the house of all “rubro-negros” (red-and-blacks): the Adelmar da Costa Carvalho Stadium, commonly known as Ilha do Retiro.
Today’s match, the first one of the 2-legged final, happened at Sport Club’s home. It was a home game for Sport – who lost! This small victory tonight made the Santa Cruz’s gain new hope: hope that everything is possible, and miracles may happen – at least in Brazil. At least in Soccer.
And, if my Mother’s Day celebration had to include a couple of guest friends home for the game, so be it. If the price (if any!) for having a peaceful in-doors Mother’s Day Sunday was to rejoice my two boys during the match, I’ll take it. At the end, Mother’s Day is about family, and being together with the ones you love. Even if surrounded by loud screamers and over-excited kids.
Next week is the “final-final”. The second final game. And it’ll be on Santa Cruz’s grounds. I hope I have the same pleasant Sunday I had today: surrounded by my “amateur soccer fans”. Won’t care for the full house. Won’t care for the screaming at every wrong or crazy pass… Won’t really care for who wins or looses – just wanna hold on to this “Mother’s Day” feeling for another Sunday. Happy week to us all and good luck to both Santa Cruz and Sport Club!
The city of São Cristóvão is located 25 km from Aracaju, capital of Sergipe, another northeastern state of Brazil, and the Praça de São Francisco (shown here) is the reason why the site is a holder of a World Heritage title.
The cobblestones are originally from the Philippines, and it’s the only city in Brazil with that type of street stone!
The large Praça de São Francisco presents an architectural group formed by the Church and Convent of São Francisco, during the seventeenth century, which today houses a beautiful Baroque building that was the first hospital in the province of Sergipe, as well as the Historical Museum, where the old Provincial Palace hosted Dom Pedro II, while visiting the city in 1860.
This architectural complex of Praça de São Francisco was recently recognized by UNESCO, and awarded a World Heritage Site title.
São Luis, Maranhão Eyes to the world Teresina, Piauí Interior da Bahia Olinda, Pernambuco João Pessoa and Ponta do Seixas, Paraíba Maceió, Alagoas Igarassu, Pernambuco Vila dos Remédios, Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco Rio Grande do Norte
Nome histórico: Forte das Cinco Pontas.
Designação popular: Forte das Cinco Pontas.
Nome de tombamento: Forte das Cinco Pontas.
Outras designações históricas:
Muralhas desgastadas, fossos secos e aterrados, paliçadas em grande parte caídas pela deterioração das madeiras, foi este o quadro que apresentava o Forte Frederick Henrich, quando da chegada de Nassau a Pernambuco. Logo pode Nassau constatar a pouca defesa que em tais condições aquele forte poderia oferecer; e se tratava de um importante posto, pois era o único capaz de garantir água no caso de um cerco à cidade. Mandou alargar e aprofundar os fossos; construir uma contra-escarpa na face externa do fosso; alargar e elevar as muralhas; e do lado do mar, construir uma sapata. Posteriormente ampliaram as defesas externas, com a construção de novos fossos em direção ao sul.
Quando da Restauração Pernambucana, o Forte das Cinco Pontas foi a última fortaleza a ser conquistada pelas tropas luso-brasileiras.
Foi ainda no Forte das Cinco Pontas, onde se encontrava aquartelado o general Sigismund Von Schkoppe, que foram elaborados os termos da rendição das tropas holandesas. E a 28 de janeiro de 1654, na Campina do Taborda, o general Francisco Barreto de Menezes, recebeu oficialmente os termos de capitulação, quando ficaram definidos os moldes da evacuação dos holandeses de Pernambuco.
[Portuguese] Cercado por uma mata de coqueiros numa praia paradisíaca, o Restaurante Beijupirá Praia dos Carneiros é vizinho e parceiro do Pontal dos Carneiros Beach Bungalows, uma das melhores pousadas da região. O cardápio, igual ao da matriz de Porto de Galinhas, é marcado pela combinação de pescados com frutas. Um exemplo é o beijucanela, que leva peixe grelhado com canela, banana flambada com coco, arroz de curry e molho de tamarindo.
Find below images from our visit to the “Environmentally Protected Area” of Altinho, a park embedded in the middle of the State of Pernambuco, in the Agreste Region of the country, showcasing the characteristic Caatinga vegetation (desertic, hiperxerophyla, lacking leaves trees). Not far from our home, some good 160 km, or 260 miles – a good weekend getaway!
The protected park borders the (famous for seasonal festivities and their arts & crafts) cities of Caruaru and São Caetano; Cupira, Panelas and Ibirajuba; Agrestina and Cachoeirinha. The park is surrounded by several rivers, but mainly by the Una and Ipojuca rivers. The rivers lead into the Atlantic Ocean, creating deltas, which are a great spot for calming and relaxing baths…
Entering the Park:
Waving along the Southern Coast of Pernambuco, Carneiros Beach (“Praia dos Carneiros”) discreetly possesses all the requirements to become a paradise. Sea of calm and crystal clear waters in shades of blue, palm trees, coral reefs and even a river that ends into the ocean.
Rustic bungalows have been built and decorated to meet the needs of comfort, and privacy, so tourists, or vacationing families may enjoy the peaceful setting that reigns in this paradise, still respecting the environment, its unique features and learning about preservation and ecological conscience. [The 'talk' about the beach's intriguing bungalows is reserved for a 'soon-to-come' post!]
“Preserve este paraíso. Não deixe nada além de pegadas, não leve nada além das lembranças.”
Great way to get middle and high schoolers interested, engaged and committed. Habitat for Humanity came to the American school of Recife, this past week, to gather volunteers for their work in the Northeast Brazil…
Every couple of months, led by the class of Seniors, students, parents, teachers and staff, go out to the suburbs of Recife, helping (re)build homes, sharing experiences and offering advice on waste management, water use and conservation, health care; or simply, listening to fantastic stories from the local community.
Here are some of the exciting things happening, and that would really help teenagers and young adults to get a better understanding or the real world: (Thanks Mindy Walker for providing the school materials!)
Here for their Youth Program.
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It’s been said that “Brazil’s star is on the rise”. But what exactly that means?
With a strong economy and recently-discovered off-shore oil reserves, which promise to place it among the leading oil exporters, Brazil has simultaneously emerged as a leader in alternative, renewable energy such as ethanol.
The 30-year-old Port of Suape, considered to be “the best port of Brazil”, is going through major expansions and modernization to accommodate the country’s ambitious growth expectations.
Brazil has assumed a larger role on the international stage. One of the major challenges for this rapidly developing country will be how to manage the US$ billions in public infrastructure initiatives, as well as future oil revenues, and perhaps most significantly, negotiating the thin line between economic and industrial development and environmental sustainability – but concerns aside, the goal for this post is to display nice images…
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