Friday, September 7, 2012

Music and Passion Were Always the Fashion At the Copa....They Fell in Love - Barry Manilow

September 7
Independence Day of Brazil
Dia da Independência

     On September 7, 1822 Brazil declared it's independence from Portugal. As a federal holiday there are many festivals and celebrations around Brazil. Brasilia hosts a large military parade alongside the President of the country. Over 30,000 people attend the event that costs over a million reais to put on.
     Not one to be shown up, NYC has hosted a Brazilian Day the Sunday of Labor Day weekend to celebrate the Brazilian Independence Day every year since 1984. What started as a small one day event, Brazilian Day stretches 25 blocks, and is the largest Brazilian event outside of Brazil. People camp out the night before the event to get a good seat next to the stage, which annually hosts the biggest names in Brazilian music. Along with the enormous stage, 6th street is lined with Brazilian food, arts, and anything else you can possibly make green and yellow!

So today we toast Brazil! We thank them for their may wonderful gifts; the girls, the curves on the girls, the soccer, the sexy moves of Samba, Capoeira, Giselle, Carnival, Carmen Miranda, Pele, and who could forget the wax!

Saúde (Saw-OO-de) - Health

The national cocktail of Brazil, the Caipirinha has become quite popular world wide. It is based on a similar Portuguese drink called Poncha. Sugar Cane was brought to Brasil from Portugal, were they orginally grew the crop in Madeira, Portugal.   The Caipirinha is made with  cachaça (ka [asa]). an extremely sweet Brazilian style of rum, made from sugar cane. Poncha is made with a Portuguese sugar cane liquor called Aguardiente, which translated means "fire water", who isn't intrigued by that? Caipirinha is derived from the word caipira, translated to a person from the countryside, being an exact equivalent to hillbilly (maybe not as cool as fire water, but every bit as tasty!)
While cachaça is difficult to find, the better the brand the better the drink, as all the flavor is in the liquor. You can use a more standard Caribbean rum, but you will want to add simple syrup to get additional sweetness. Brands of cachaça available in the states actually will vary by state so I am including a link to  the different brands of cachaça.

1 Lime (quartered)
2 tsp of Fine Sugar
2oz Cachaca

Muddle the lime wedges and sugar into an old-fashioned glass
Fill the glass with ice
Add cachaça, stir and drink!

Lindo maravilhoso! (leen-doh mah-dah-veel-yoh-zoo)
Beautiful, marvelous!

Brazilian National Anthem / Hino Nacional Brasileiro

Ouviram do Ipiranga as margens plácidas
De um povo heroico o brado retumbante,
E o sol da Liberdade, em raios fúlgidos,
Brilhou no céu da Pátria nesse instante.

Se o penhor dessa igualdade
Conseguimos conquistar com braço forte,
Em teu seio, ó Liberdade,
Desafia o nosso peito a própria morte!

Ó Pátria amada,
Salve! Salve!

Brasil, um sonho intenso, um raio vívido,
De amor e de esperança à terra desce,
Se em teu formoso céu, risonho e límpido,
A imagem do Cruzeiro resplandece.

Gigante pela própria natureza,
És belo, és forte, impávido colosso,
E o teu futuro espelha essa grandeza.

Terra adorada
Entre outras mil
És tu, Brasil,
Ó Pátria amada!

Dos filhos deste solo
És mãe gentil,
Pátria amada,
The placid banks of Ipiranga heard
the resounding cry of a heroic people
and in shining rays, the sun of liberty
shone in our homeland's skies at this very moment.

If the assurance of this equality
we achieved by our mighty arms,
in thy bosom, O freedom,
our chest shall defy death itself!

O beloved,
idolized homeland,
Hail, hail!

Brazil, an intense dream, a vivid ray
of love and hope descends to earth
if in thy lovely, smiling and clear skies
the image of the(Southern) Cross
shines resplendently.

Giant by thine own nature,
thou art beautiful, thou art strong, an intrepid colossus,
and thy future mirrors thy greatness.

Beloved Land
amongst a thousand others
art thou, Brazil,
O beloved homeland!

To the sons of this land
thou art a gentle mother,
beloved homeland,

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