Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Sete de Setembro

This week Brazil celebrated Independence Day (Dia da Indedenpência).
It is commonly called Sete de Setembro (Seventh of September). 

Besides giving the country a four-day holiday, they honor the day with parades. The parade of Sete de Setembro in Curitiba had about two thousand participants, between civilians and military, and began at 9:00 am. It drew about 40,000 spectators. 

 The parade began with schools, colleges, civic, social, cultural and service clubs. 

The Mormon "Helping Hands" were among the participants.
(The bottom left picture is of the two Curitiba mission presidents with the mayor of Curitiba.)

Next came the Brazilian military forces - navy, army and aeronautics.

And...that was it. No gatherings at the park. No BBQs. No fireworks. 

However, there were a lot of flags flying!

If I taught school in Brazil, I would tell the kids all about their flag, because it is really cool.
Brazil’s iconic flag holds a little surprise. In the center of the bright green and yellow flag is a brilliant blue night sky with the motto “Ordem e Progresso,” or “Order and progress,” written across it. Strewn across this sky are 27 stars, representing each Brazilian state, plus the federal district.  
If you look closely, you’ll see that the stars form 9 constellations - the exact position of the stars that shone over Rio de Janeiro on November 15, 1889, the day Brazil first became a Republic.

Happy Independence Day, Brazil!

We, however, were not among the celebrants. We were working in the temple where many patrons felt that temple attendance was a much better way to celebrate IndependencDay.

When Morganite Aaron Rose was down here on his mission, he met Alisson Pereora Santos de Carvalho. Alisson brought his family to the temple on Saturday - Sabrina, Luiz, and Bernardo. How fun it was to get to meet them! 

I guess you could say that we celebrated the holiday weekend by going to the...

 I know...we were the oldest people there...but the desserts were delicious!

It was a great weekend to be outside, too.

Things are blooming on the temple grounds. 

Our exciting family news is that all three grandsons are now on their missions.

Christian (AKA Elder McClellan) arrived safely in Canada.

Seth (AKA Elder McClellan) has entered the CCM in Mexico City where he has already survived his first earthquake.

Alex (AKA Elder Gillespie) entered the Provo MTC one day after his cousin left.

Can I say how proud we are of these three young men!? They are setting a great example for the cousins following them. We already love receiving their emails and pictures. 

"We will be the Lord's missionaries to bring the world His truth."

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Here is the church...Iglesias de Curitiba

Did you know that Brazil is the most religious country in South America?!
In fact, around 90% of the population considers themselves to be religious.
All religions - both Christian and those with non-Christian origins - are represented in Brazil.  
Today's blog takes a tour of some of Curitiba's finest sacred places.
This is the oldest church in Curitiba - and, actually, the city's oldest surviving building. Known as the Igreja da Ordem (Church of the Order), it was built in the 1700s.
The main religion in Brazil, of course, is Catholic. Located in the middle of downtown is Curitiba Cathedral.

Now, as you scroll through the pictures, see if you can pick out the two Mormon chapels. 

Through the woods and across a very busy street is our neighborhood Catholic Church. We love hearing their bells that wake us up in the morning and ring throughout the day. 
 The inside is very beautiful.

 This is a view from the cemetery.

The first picture is what we see from the steps of the temple. The second picture is what they see from the steps of their church.

Which brings us to the third largest religion in Brazil - A Igreja de Jesus Cristo dos Santos dos Últimos Dias. 

Our beautiful temple was dedicated in May, 2008. 
The Curitiba Brazil Temple was the fifth temple built in Brazil and the 125th temple of the Church. Truly, this is my most favorite sacred place in the city of Curitiba!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Mall Bait

I, for one, never have to be lured into a mall. I go of my own free will and choice. One thing we have noticed down here, however, is that there is always something enticing people to go to the mall. Especially for the kids.
We call it "mall bait".

It can be as simple as driving little carros around and terrifying the old people.

Or...something a bit more elaborate. 
There is always something to see, do, and/or pay for.

Dragons are definitely appealing. 

Holidays are a big deal - such as this one at Christmas. It featured animated storybook characters and a merry-go-round.

Another mall reconstructed a pirate ship for the kiddos.

Yet another featured miniature golf (for a price, of course).

And then there was the ice skating rink this winter.

And let's not forget the puppet show - a must do for sure.

The most recent "bait" was a Brazilian exhibit teaching about the five regions of the country and their contribution to the the world. These five regions are: North, Northeast, Center-West, Southeast, and South.

Translation: It is the largest country in Latin America, being the fifth largest in the world in territorial area. It is a great natural patrimony (endowment) of the planet since it possesses a great variety of natural habitats like the Amazon forest, the Atlantic forest, the Cerrado (Savanna wetland area), the Caastinga (desert area), the forest of Aruacarias (the Paraná pine, Brazilian pine or candelabra tree), rivers and seas, reflecting in an immense number of vegetation and animal species. 
(Curitiba is in the purple region labeled PR for the state of Paraná.)

 This is our region: 
"It is the coldest part of Brazil. It has an extensive area of natural pastures, favoring the development of livestock. Mate (maw-tay) grass is also grown here with which chimaarrão is prepared. In the coastal areas we can find mangroves (shrubs or small trees that grow in the swamps along the coast) and restingas (tropical and subtropicala broadleaf forests)."
This area also grows a lot of fruits - grapes being very plentiful.

I could go on and on, but I think you get the idea. 

This exhibit is now gone and we await the next attraction.
With so many malls we are never at a loss for things to see, do and/or pay for. 
(This is actually the only thing Don is willing to go to the malls for, so you can see that the bait is truly working!)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Circo Imperial da China

This week the Imperial Circus of China came to town.
No clowns, elephants, or bearded ladies here.
This circus consisted of acrobats, dancers and contortionists from China.

After getting our popcorn and finding our seats, we were ready for the show to begin!

The Imperial Circus of China is considered one of the best circuses in the world and is currently touring all the major cities in Brazil.

Don't try this at home!

The Chinese have been doing this for over 2,000 years. Maybe that's why they are so good at it. 


The artists in this show are true pop stars in Asia!

Intense training can begin as early as age 6 and classes can last up to ten years in the Ministry of Culture.

Members of the Imperial Circus of China dedicate their lives to performance.

The company is made up of 50 artists, including skilled acrobats, dancers and contortionists.

This tour celebrates the 25th anniversary of the circus company.

Generally, retirement comes at the age of 40.

I, for one, can certainly see why!!

I must say that a good time was had by all - and we didn't even miss the clowns, elephants, or bearded ladies!