Feliz dia dos Namorados!
When: June 12th every year.
In Brazil, the Dia dos Namorados (“Day of the Enamored”, or Boyfriends’ / Girlfriends’ Day) is celebrated by lovers exchanging gifts, chocolates, cards and flowers.
June 12th was chosen for this day probably because it is the day before Saint Anthony’s day (St Anthony being known as the marriage Saint) when traditionally many single girls perform popular rituals, called simpatias, in order to find a good husband or boyfriend. Girls write the names of three potential boyfriends on small pieces of paper and place them under their pillow on the night of June 12th. The one they pick out first in the morning is to be their fate.
Brazilian Food & Drink
Brazilians love their cakes as much as their fiestas. There are always loads of food stalls selling cassava cake (a Festa Junina staple), peanut brittle, carrot cake, corn cake etc and the tasty quentão which is a hot alcoholic drink made with ginger among other things. Try our deliciously sticky Brazilian Carrot cake recipe.
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