Sustainable, high quality and unique products are IN! Most educated, sensible and forward thinking adults know that one of the biggest ways our “vote” counts is in how we spend our hard-earned money. Society is increasingly focused on how influential consumers actually are. Their/your/our beliefs and actions influence entire industries. So if you have the privilege, why wouldn't you...
Empowerment and Culture related to Women in Brazil Women in Brazil enjoy gifts and compliments, celebrate the day or are involved in activism on International women's day, March 8. As a way of making women feel valued and appreciated, men are accustomed to saying, "parabéns!" (or congratulations!) to women. On this day, I often remember classmates gifting female teachers some chocolate...
Carnival blocks, what? They can be categorised as groups of people who go to the streets throughout Carnival season in a more or less organised way. In Brazilian Portuguese this would be called, "Blocos de Carnaval". How do Carnival street parties work? Generally, the carnival blocks follow predefined urban paths (main streets and avenues in the cities). They are popular and very...
Learn about Music, Costumes, Extravagance and the Spirit of Brazilian Carnival The anthropologist and journalist Haroldo Costa states in the introduction of his book 100 years of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro: "The Carioca carnival is one of the most legitimate expressions of the Brazilian way of being. So much so that, escaping from the geographic sphere of our city, its transformation...
Olodum what? From Bahia in 1979, an Afro-Brazilian carnival group in Salvador created what is now the well-known Olodum Band. "Banda" Olodum is a cultural group, a non-governmental organization (NGO) of public utility recognized by the state government of Bahia. Think of a movement that is grassroots in nature, totally cultural and not-for-profit – this is IT! After their carnival debut of...