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As in Venezuela (and other South American countries) creating a nativity scene or Presépio (the Brazilian word) is of the utmost importance especially in the north- eastern part of the country. The name originates from the word 'presepium' meaning the bed of straw referring to the Bethlehem manger in which the baby Jesus first slept. The Presépio was introduced to the city of Olinda in the 17th century by Franciscan friar, Gaspar de Santo Agostinho. Today, they are set up in December and displayed in churches, homes, and shops. The people of northern Brazil also enjoy a version of the folk play, Los Pastores or 'The Shepherds.' In the Brazilian version, there are shepherdesses rather than shepherds as well as a gypsy who tries to kidnap the Christ Child. Papai Noel (Father Noel) is the gift- bringer in Brazil. According to legend, he lives in Greenland. The idea for this Santa-type character originated in the 1950s and made its way to Brazil from, you guessed it, North America. However, our Brazilian Papai Noel usually wears silk clothing because of the hot summer temperatures. Another interesting tradition commonly practised between friends and families, is called amigo secreto (secret friend). At the beginning of December, participants in the game write their name on a piece of paper. Each participant takes a paper but does not reveal the name of the person on it. Then, throughout the month letters are exchanged among the 'friends' who use fake names (apelidos). Finally, at Christmas, family and friends gather to reveal their secret friends and offer them a special gift. During the festive season various foods are prepared for celebrations with many having their roots in other parts of the world. That's because at the beginning of 20th century many immigrants arrived in Brazil from Europe and elsewhere. Naturally they brought with them their traditions and adapted them to Brazilian conditions. As a result Christmas fare has its origins in countries such as Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and more. A huge Christmas dinner, normally unusual in the hot summertime, includes turkey, ham, coloured rice, and a wealth of fresh vegetables and fruit dishes. In the old days, devout Catholics would attend Midnight Mass or Missa do Galo. (A galo is a rooster.) The name recognises the rooster as announcing the coming day. The Missa do Galo itself finishes at 1am on Christmas morning! This tradition has now abated in most places due to the high crime rate in many Brazilian cities. Also, many families now prefer to gather for a special supper (ceia) at midnight. As a result, Masses are celebrated late in the afternoon or early evening on December 24 then, on December 25, there are Masses in the morning and again late afternoon. Some folk prefer the afternoon Mass so that they can enjoy sleeping in after the midnight meal or they will head for the beach on Christmas morning. Decorations for this very special time include fresh flowers picked from the garden while massive Christmas 'trees' of electric lights can be seen against the night skies in cities such as Brasilia, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro. Displays of fireworks welcome the New Year. Like Brazil's other Christmas traditions, Christmas music and hymns are mostly imported and of Christian origin. "Noite Feliz" ("Silent Night") is one of the most well known and while there are also some Brazilian Christmas songs (pastorils and others) they are not so well known. Known for its colour and love of festivals, Christmas in Brazil is no exception. Yuletide traditions in Brazil Howick Village Lighting Display Visit the snow cave and enjoy the interactive displays Open 8pm-11pm daily through to 26/12/12 www.howickvillage.co.nz www.facebook.com/howickvillageshopping Shop Howick Village ﬁrst delightfully different Cake Passion Delicious cakes and desserts at reasonable prices. Cnr Te Irirangi Dr and Ormiston Rd, Botany South Phone 271 4581 The Elephant Thai Restaurant $10 Lunch Special Tuesday-Sunday 1 Moore St, Howick Ph 534 0588 or 534 0599 www.theelephant.co.nz The Elephant Thai Restaurant The Prospect of Howick GBS Bar & Restaurant The heart of Howick -- Award winning cuisine Open 9.30am til Late • Closed Christmas Day Cnr Picton St & Uxbridge Rd Phone 534 3199 The Cake Box For all your cake decorating supplies, with a great Christmas range. Homemade Christmas mince tarts and cakes. 4/59 Juliet Ave, Howick Phone 537 4212 THE CAKE BOX Quick bites 10--- Times Newspapers Christmas Supplement www.times.co.nz While many of the Christmas traditions practised across South America are recognised in Brazil, as a former Portugese colony and, today, a truly multi-cultural country, Brazil is home to many festive customs. Electric light Christmas tree in São Paulo, Brazil. Nando's Botany Get the festive season started early with Nando's Family Feast. 1 Town Centre Drive, Botany Town Centre Phone 271 2411 At this magical time of the year, let Swiss Deli's delicious food create a wonderful feeling of goodwill and celebrate togetherness 121480-V3 Buy Swiss Deli whole leg ham and you have a chance to WIN a delicious "GRILL ME" set (value $60) of five different sausage flavours for your family. SWISS DELI FACTORY SHOP 68-70 Greenmount Dr, East Tamaki. Ph 274 4455 www.swissdeli.co.nz • Hours Mon-Fri 8am-4pm, Sat 8am-1pm. Tradition & Quality -- Our Best Priority Swiss Deli is offering special factory direct prices for Christmas. 121678-V2 ALWAYS FRESH ALWAYS DELICIOUS at OCEANZ SEAFOOD BOTANY NEW SEASON'S NZ SCALLOPS $8.95 DOZ TARAKIHI FILLETS $24.95 KG WHOLE, RAW AUSSIE PRAWNS $24.95 KG THE HUB, 451 TI RAKAU DR, BOTANY. PH 271 4880. WWW.OCEANZ.CO.NZ *Specials start Thursday, December 6 and end on Sunday, December 9. All specials weather & catch permitting and while stocks last. Oceanz Seafood has it all for you this Christmas, from live or cooked crayﬁsh to mouthwatering large half-shell oysters, succulent new season scallops which are great for the BBQ, to NZ whitebait for the perfect fritter over the holidays. A huge selection of fresh ﬁllets, whole ﬁsh, and large Aussie prawns, to fresh NZ green-lipped mussels. Don't forget to put your Christmas order in so you don't miss out. Christmas order forms in store now.
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