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Denis proposed to post some Brazilian facts, but he didn't made the new thread... Well, I can start it...

Since we begun some talkings on it in other topics...

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- As you know Brazil is place in the Southern Hemisphere. That's why all our calendar is based in february-november things, since our summer is in Dec-Jan-Feb-Mar...

For example... School year in Brazil starts in february and ends in november for summers vacations at the end of year... Christmas is under hot sun and temperatures around 40C in Rio de Janeiro.

Even seasons for sports begins in february and ends in november-december...

- All of our commercial holidays are pretty diferent from those in Northern Hemisphere:

Valentines (Here is not called valentines but "boyfriend and girlfriends day" is in june

Mother's day is in may

Father's day is in august

And the Children's day is in october (the day all the children earns gifts)

- Our administrative division is kind different from USA, or Mexico (they have states as Brazil)

We only have states and then municipalities (cities). We don't have counties for example.

Cities term is a little bit different from the USA one... For example... If Brazil were USA Rio de Janeiro would be a county and Barra da Tijuca a city...

In Brazil Rio de Janeiro is a city and Barra da Tijuca a neighbourhood or a district...

The mayor of Rio de Janeiro works for all its 6 million habitants, without other subdivisions... District are only a geographical reference.

Barra da Tijuca have no administrative status and it's only a geographical reference.

- Our politics system is also different.

The elections are orniganised by a Federal Bureau (TSE) and all Brazilians votes in electronic ballots since 1996.

Brazilian president is elected each 4 years and can run for reelection only one time.

Our legislatives branches are not districtal, since we don't have counties... And biggests cities always have more legislative representants than minor ones...

There are also elections for city mayors, states governor (executive branch), city representant (municipality legislative), state deputy (states legislative) federal deputies (federal lower chamber) and senators (federal high chamber).

The is no states senates in Brazil. Only federal.

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i think we can do better than this Fact topic. The brazilians should create topics for the foreigners know more about the country and culture in general. Topics like Brazilian Music, Brazilian Cities, Brazilian Art, Brazilian Sports, Brazilian Icons but is just an idea

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just for information:

GBModerator relocated the thread to a new section in the past - I suppose he will relocate all the threads, which we are finding in the "Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2016 Olmpic Bid" section at the moment, into a new 'Rio de Janeiro 2016 Summer Games" section - therewith you can start new threads here in this section - you will find them later in the new one

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Valentines (Here is not called valentines but "boyfriend and girlfriends day" is in june

Awww. :wub:

No other country in the world could get away with having a holiday called that, especially not ours!

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Valentines (Here is not called valentines but "boyfriend and girlfriends day" is in june

Lol...many of the posters on here might see that as shocking discrimination!! ;)

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During the world cup nd a brazil game it's like a holiday. People leave job and school earlier or it's closed for that day... I remember that when I lived in BRA for a few yrs in 4th grade we had no school (France '98) heheee good times

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Another fact, the main brazillian food course is picanha (rump cover) grilled with fried bananas, black beans and white rice.

I would say that Picanha is the favourite cut of meat for barbecue. The most traditional dish from Rio de Janeiro is feijoada.

Feijoada is a stew of black beans with cuts of pork, especially a kind of jerky beef and various sausages. The full feijoada also contains pieces of ears, tails and feet of pork, but those are not as usual anymore.

This dish has an interesting story, since it was created as the food of the slaves. In the ancient plantations in Brazil, the Portuguese landlords had the habit of eating pork, while slaves had to produce their own food, which included many vegetables, such as beans. Then, to enrich the meal of the slaves, the landlords used to provide the remaining parts of the pork (usually feet, ears and tail) to be added to their food as a means of keeping the slaves healthier - after all they had to maintain their "property". So, the slaves mixed the beans and the pork to make feijoada.

Nowadays, many restaurants in Rio serve feijoada on Friday or during the weekends.

In Portugal and France, there are local types of feijoada with white beans (French Cassoulet), but it's nothing like the taste of the Brazilian black beans. A caipirinha is the perfect drink to match it.

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I'm not a big fan of the brazilian feijoada, I prefer the more traditional portuguese feijoada with white beans, specially the tradional Oporto dish called Tripas à moda do Porto .

Here in Portugal when we think of brazilian food almost all the times we think of Picanha with black beans, almost all brazilian restaurants are Rodízios. I've neve been to Brazil, but my old folks were there two times in two trips they won on different ocsasions, in 2003 they went to Bahia and in 2007 they went to Rio & Bahia. They loved the food, much more than in Italy for example. But not as good as portuguese food.

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I'm not a big fan of the brazilian feijoada, I prefer the more traditional portuguese feijoada with white beans, specially the tradional Oporto dish called Tripas à moda do Porto .

Here in Portugal when we think of brazilian food almost all the times we think of Picanha with black beans, almost all brazilian restaurants are Rodízios. I've neve been to Brazil, but my old folks were there two times in two trips they won on different ocsasions, in 2003 they went to Bahia and in 2007 they went to Rio & Bahia. They loved the food, much more than in Italy for example. But not as good as portuguese food.

I quite like Portuguese food as well. My mother's family is from Trás-os-Montes and I still have relatives living in Porto. By the way, tripas a moda do Porto are called dobradinha in Brazil and are also typical.

You should try a feijoada if you ever go to Rio. I doubt that you have tasted something properly done. If you are ever in Rio try Casa da Feijoada in Praça General Osário in Ipanema.

In Bahia there is also some typical food of the region, with a lot of African influence. The food is great but it can be difficult to digest for people not used with palm oil (azeite de dendê) and spices.

The barbecue places represent the food from the South of Brazil and are now the most widespread Brazilian restaurants in the world. I also like them, but the best Churrascarias are not "rodizio" (all you can eat). There are excellent "a la carte" barbecue restaurants in Rio and SP with a very good picanha.

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FACT: We do eat chicken hearts, and it's one of my favourite types of meat. Actually, I eat it almost every day at lunch.

You're not the only one that eats chicken hearts, here we also eat that with the other parts of the chicken and it's blood (only if it was killed recently) mixed with rice. We called it Arroz Cabidela. It's one of my all time favourite dishes.

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You're not the only one that eats chicken hearts, here we also eat that with the other parts of the chicken and it's blood (only if it was killed recently) mixed with rice. We called it Arroz Cabidela. It's one of my all time favourite dishes.

Ok, that's a little too much :blink:

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