Festa de Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes
Festa de Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes
(Feb 2) is a procession of fishing boats.
Since the year of 1875, it is the
biggest religious feast in the state of Rio Grande Do Sul. The
image of Ours Lady of the Navigators, decorated with flowers,
ribbons and wreaths, leads a procession of over 200
decorated boats down the Guaíba river and through the
lagoons of Saint Antõnio and Imaruí. She is the protective
saint of fisherman, Also young women whom they desire to arrange
a good marriage ask for to the protection of Our Lady of the
Navigators by sacrificing a dress to the waters. Afterwards a
mass and large street festival support the
commemoration. Many tents are erected to help serve the feast
featuing gaucho, foods, drinks, as well as many
watermelons, pineapples, butiás (coquinhos). The watermelon is a
symbol of Our Lady of the Navigators
WHERE: The passage begins about 9h30min, with departure of the
boats from Painted Island [ Ilha da Pintada] eventually landing
at Parque Náutico do Estado, Nautical State Park
The most famous Grapes Festival of Brazil is held the Festa da
Uva Park and includes typical gastronomy, agroindustrial fair,
cars parade, among others.
WHERE: Caxias do Sul
WHEN: 2 weeks FEB/MAR
NOTE: Carnaval & wine go way back more at
Musical and dancing shows from the Pampas region, typical foods,
and a traditionalist parade. This event always takes place from
September 13th to 20th.
An 8-day cattle-raising and agribusiness fair. It is always held
between August and September, in the municipality of Esteio, 24
km away from Porto Alegre.
Large exhibition and book sale, an autograph afternoon,
lectures, literary parties, and even plastic arts shows. It is
held always on the second fortnight of November, at Praça da
September 13th to 20th
Spectacular of music and typical dance of Pampas.
Sample traditional foods and a enjoy grand parade. Enjoy
lots of traditional local folk dancing and full hearted
|Gauchos use bolas to
capture running cattle or game. Depending on the exact
design, the thrower grasps the bolas either in one of
the weights or in the nexus of the cords. He gives the
balls momentum by swinging them and then releases the
bolas to entangle the animal's legs.
- 1 cup catsup
- 1 tbsp.
- 2 or 3 dashes
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. celery seed
ingredients. Simmer 30 min. Makes enough sauce for
basting 4 pounds loin back ribs or spareribs.
Like the North American cowboy, gauchos are generally reputed to
be strong, silent types, but arrogant, and capable of violence
when provoked. There is, perhaps, more of an air of melancholy
about the classic gaucho than the classic cowboy. Also like the
cowboy, the gauchos were great horsemen. Typically, a gaucho's
horse constituted most of what he owned in the world. During the
wars of the 19th century in the Southern Cone, the cavalries on
all sides were composed almost entirely of gauchos.
The gaucho diet was composed almost entirely of beef while on
the range. Gauchos dressed quite distinctly from North American
cowboys, and used boleadoras (three leather bound rocks tied
together with approximately three feet long leather straps) in
addition to the familiar "North American" lariat tor riata. In
the wintertime, gauchos wore heavy wool ponchos to protect
against the cold.
Frequent fires ensure that only
small plants such as grasses flourish and trees are exceptional.
Winters are cool to mild and summers are very warm and humid.
Rainfall is fairly uniform throughout the year but is a little
heavier during the summer. Much of the area is also used for
grazing cattle. These farming are also good for soybeans and
are particularly susceptible to flooding during heavy rainfall.
|Gramado has been hosting its film festival
since 1973. The Gramado Film Festival (Festival de Gramado)
has since become one of the most important festivals of Latin
American films. The Gramado Film Festival happens annually since
1973, for six days in the month of August.
Actors, directors, technicians and visitors give prestige to the
competition, which shows dozens of films and offers prizes in
two categories: Brazilian productions and Latin-American,
Portuguese and Spanish films. The program also includes short
films, independent films, workshops and talks. The screenings
are at the Festivals Palace – with capacity for 1,200 people –
and at the Municipal Culture Centre. All the screenings are open
to the public, who can even participate on the judgment of the
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Torres Balloon Festival
The Ballooning party in Torres started in 1989, during the
preparations for the FEBANANA. The success was such that, from
the following year, the I Southern Brazil Ballooning Festival
would happen. Soon the city of Torres became the Brazilian
capital of ballooning.
The climate and topography are ideal for the flight, and the
sophisticated visitor infrastructure pleases the pilots and
teams. Over 40,000 attend each year for the main event in April.
There can be other events as well
Arriving from the North, on the BR-101, it 280km away from
Florianópolis, the capital of Santa Catarina; from the South, it
is also possible to get in from the BR-101 or Estrada do Mar
(RS-389). It is 197km away from Porto Alegre, the gaucha
Torres by turismo.gov.br
wiki/Torres (Rio Grande do Sul)
the world’s second-largest Oktoberfest is held in the Gaucho
Mountains of southern Brazil where the still-intact colonies of
19th-century German immigrants exuberantly cling to their
traditions. For two weeks the old German-Brazilian town of
Gramado is thronged with Brazilians forsaking samba and the
beaches for oompah music and the polka, lubricated with steins
of good Brazilian lager. the Bavarian harvest festival
and involves much merrymaking, beer drinking and sausage eating.
In October, the city of
Blumenau attracts enthusiatic
tourists from all over the country and even abroad for the
beer festival. Pomerode in Santa Catarina, as well as Gramado
in Rio Grande do Sul, bear a striking resemblance to Bavaria,
colonial cafés serving delicious German delicacies.
World Social Forum
|The World Social Forum is an
annual meeting organized by left organizations. It was first
held in Porto Alegre in 2001 and most recently in 2005. In 2006
the World Social Forum (WSF) will be decentralized, occurring on
at least three continents. The countries that will host these
forums, however, were not announced by the WSF's International
Council. Comprising 129 organizations from the five continents,
the Council is the Forum's main representative body.
Even in its decentralized form, the WSF will continue to adhere
to a schedule parallel to the World Economic Forum in Davos,
Switzerland It discuss strategies to fight back against the
neo-liberalism, capitalism and imperialism. According to the
organizers "The World Social Forum is an open meeting place
where groups and movements of civil society opposed to
neo-liberalism and a world dominated by capital or by any form
of imperialism, but engaged in building a planetary society
centred on the human person, come together to pursue their
thinking, to debate ideas democratically, for formulate
proposals, share their experiences freely and network for
Nearly 6000 different groups and organizations participate
in the six day event which joins discussions, protests and
Walk for Peace 2005 at forumsocialmundial.org.br
After winning the Mayor's
office for 4 elections the popularity of the Workers party
declined in 2004 and in the mayoral elections there candidate
was replaced by José Fogaça, from the Socialist People's
Party which, despite its name, is popularly considered a
right-wing party in Porto Alegre.
Written by Cristovam Buarque
after the November 2, 2004 United States
election, Brazilian Senator Cristovam Buarque
paid a visit to Brazil’s former President
Fernando Henrique Cardoso at Brown University,
where the latter is a visiting professor. What
follows is a translated excerpt from a recording
made of their interview.
|"The Left is
hollow, nothing left but this snob cool attitude. The
only thing the Left can offer is ART,
but it has done nothing but trash ART. That notions of
quality are ideological quotas. I embrace the
ideological seeking the best.
Religious when we only see the politics of the
sixties. There was a truly mystic spiritual vision of the age of Aquarius.
The left cannot defeat the right till this is recovered.
... Until the left comes up with something of equal
value, gravity....Lose this idea it is unhip to be too
from Camille Paglia in our special report on the
past alive in the future through the art of