Saturday, June 15, 2013

Valentine's Day in Brazil

June 12 is Valentine's day in Brazil, but it is called dia dos namorados (literally, Boyfriend/girlfriend day). Living Stones shared with the children that it doesn't need to be a day where they have to have a boyfriend or girlfriend, but rather a day to show love to the many wonderful people in their lives already: namely their parents, siblings, and friends.

We passed out little Winnie-the-Pooh valentines, bought on sale after USA's Valentine's day, and the children were enchanted. The confusing part to them was the envelopes. "We really have to lick it? Isn't that weird?" You glue envelopes closed in Brazil. They kept looking at each other to see who would lick it first, and questioned if it was sanitary. I had never thought about that. Perhaps it isn't.
And of course, what is Valentine's day without heart-shaped cookies? Spread the love.

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