This is not a LOCAL custom , but definitely a typical Brazilian custom observed as if a religious holiday each month of June across the whole brazilian territory.... The custom has some religious background , honoring some saints but at the FESTA JUNINHA you will not have the feeling that religion is involved.... you will rather have the feeling that all hillibillies of Brazil have gone loose..... The kids dress up as deepest country folks and go square dancing to happy folk tunes... all over the country June fairs spring up with booths selling pop corn , sausages , hot wine and more and others with tricky games for the kids . Kiddie fire crackers exploding at your feet , candy cotton sticking to your hands and face...There's a lot of dancing and disguising at these public Festas Juninhas too but here I'd like to show you some pictures of my daughters Festa Juninha in her school with her friends and teachers , pretty civilized and organized , yet the kids love it !!!
I haven't too many square dance pictures ( my digital camera wouldn't take any , darn ! ) , but picture # 3 caught Anna Bianca in the act when she for once got close enough to me....
If you visit Brazil in June , be sure to ask where the next Festa Juninha is and have some hillibilly fun where you probably least expect it....
In Brazil its commom people kiss the face each other when introduce yourself,but only man with woman or woman kiss another woman. Girls be prepare at pub because guys will ask you a kiss(not kiss in the face).
Boys always start conversation with girl when he try date.
the minimum age to drink its 18.
Young people like to go out 11:00 PM to dance or have fun time!
Try to drink caipirinha, Tradicional Brazilian drink , but careful if you drink a lot you can get high.
*****You will have to enlarge this photo to see what I mean: running along the top of the garage wall here is a colorful trim of all sizes of bits and shards of BROKEN GLASS! It sure beats plain 'ole barbed wire or the ugly, generic, clear broken glass....... ;-)))*****
The word " RAPEL "means,to get into a cascade by going down using a lash.
This sport became very popular in Brazil nowadays,and this region definately has it all for its addicts!!
I learned to practice Rapel here in Bocaina,it's not easy,but scaring sometimes,especially in one's first time!!
It requsts a good fitness,and a completely non-fear for heights!!
I'll post here some pictures of our "rapel".
Why it's here in "local customs" tips?
Well,because I learned it from a local guy here!!
Enjoy (and do not practice at home :-))
We like our fruits and vegetables fresh!
Every neighbourhood, from trendy Jardins to humble Santo Amaro, has a weekly market. A side street is roped off and farmers (or agents) set up their stalls, full of vegetables, fruits, fresh eggs, poultry and herbs. Each one is held on a specific day, both during the week or the weekend.
Housewives, housekeepers and families can be seen shopping for fresh produce, often pulling wire carts to make things easier. Most things are sold by the bunch, unit or bowlful. Visit every stall - you will soon learn who has the best of each thing you like.
The stall holders are part of the fun. They yell out slogans to call clients, as well as set lines such as "I don't charge beautiful women - but they can't take anything either!". Bargain, ask for a discount - anything goes!
After all that - I'm usually starved! So off to the pastel. This is a delicious treat of very thin dought (like a spring roll sheet) but instead of rolling it, it is cut in a large square, stuffed with cheese, chicken, palm heart, mince meat or anything else and fried. A lot of calories, but delicious!
To go with your pastel, ask for guarapa or sugar cane juice. You can see the guy extracting the juice in a small hand driven mill! It is very sweet, so add some lemon to cut it slightly.
First do not think that São Paulo is a chaos, if it is a chaos, I would say it is a pleasant one :) São Paulo is modern and the progress here has no breaks, but we have some green territories here where the birds can swim, where the birs can fly and where the birds can sing!
I found that interesting chap when I was in Ibirapuera Park!;)
November 8th, 2004
In a city of 18.000.000 people it is possible to meet people that you had any contact in some previous event. In this case, this very nice lady was in the same flight that Pierre was, and they just met each other in the busiest street of São Paulo, at Paulista Avenue!;)))))
November 8th, 2004
They finally have met!;)))) A brazilian swan saying HOWDIE to his colleague in Canada visiting São Paulo!:))))
It is a pleasure to see so many birds life in one of the biggest city in the World.
São paulo is cool!
November 8th, 2004
In a very remote town in the countryside of São Paulo State when we were returning to São Paulo from Iguazu Falls, in a gas station in Santa Cruz do Rio Pardo, we stop for shower time!
Most of the gas station in the road has shower for you to get cleaned.
One problem, COLD SHOWER, even in the winter!!!!
Whenever you go pay something, you will be asked if you would like to have a "nota fiscal", "cpf na nota" or "nota paulista". If you don't have a "CPF" or have no idea of what that is, simply answer "não" (no)...
Taxes on goods and services aren't so often clear in Brazil, so in order to avoid tax evasion in the state of São Paulo, the government created this "Nota Fiscal Paulista" program.
This program encourages consumers to demand an invoice (it shows the right amount of tax the consumer is paying), so this way the government will know if the merchant is (or isn't) evading taxes...
If you can understand Portuguese, you can find all the information here, otherwise
try this website.
Nothing better than a japonese descendent to be in this picture, his natural happiness and spontaneous smile jsut show us how happy Marcio was when visiting our japonese neighborhood!
The stores has lots of japonese products, most of the signs are in japonese, people speak japonese, the newspapers are bilingual and soemtimes just in japonese language!
It is indeed one of my favourite places in São Paulo!
Brazil has the biggest japonese colony outside Japan, and LIBERDADE is the main japonese neighborhood in the country!
We should thank for the people of Japan for so many good things that we have in Brazil!
September 18th, 2004
They work to keep the piece and the happiness of people who really need, no need for food or money, sometimes poor people just want a single smile and some support.
For sure they do not like to be photographed, so when I was visiting Aparecida do Norte, our pilgrimage centre in the coutryside of São Paulo, I tried to take this picture, they noticed and smiled at me!
It was fun, I go to Aparecida do norte evey year to thank god for the great gifts of life He has always given to me!
January 12th, 2005
São Paulo, a city where I feel at home and where I have many people I love, and secrets places that I like going to!;)
Morumbi Park - a little green spot in the middle of a pleasant neighborhood of São Paulo. The Official name of this park is Alfredo Volpi, it has 3 lakes with lots of ducks, these lakes a re neturally fed by a natural water spring, very amazing to realize that this very green spot is located in the biggest city in Latin America!
It is the industrial centre of the country, it is the finatial heart of Brazil, so naturally the Nature attracts many businessmen and many well off people, and we can have a life of first world here!
São Paulo is chic, and São Paulo is a cool place to have fun!
Nothing will make you miss your life everywhere you come from!
São Paulo has many facilities and it has my most dreamt car! No, this car is not mine!;)
A wonderful father and a spectacular daughter...No doubt. Friendly, understanding, open minded, that is how my friend Mike is; a hippopotamus of culture, great sense of humour and lots of adventure spirits, that is how my friend Robyn is!
It was a honor to welcome them in our beaches and make them know that we have hidden places in the country, and they will impress you!
Boraceia is one of the wildest beaches in the Rio-Santos Road.
This road is very scenic, everybody should travel for one or two days, this is the most beautiful way for you to go to Rio when you leave São Paulo.
February 20th, 2005
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