We can’t believe it’s May already! We’ve been so busy with school workshops and gearing up for our Living Cultures Brazil event, we didn’t have time to do a newsletter last month, so there’s a lot to share in our May 2017 newsletter.
May 2017 Newsletter Articles:
Click the links below to find out about:
- The latest update on Living Cultures Brazil -– what to expect and how you can get tickets
- The next location for our Zoom In On Culture exhibition – it’s on the move this month
- See what students have been learning in our after-school program this spring at Brody Middle School
- Find our how CultureALL is making Diversity Training more dynamic with its Business Programs
Fun Facts About Brazil
As our Brazil event is the highlight of our month, we thought we’d share a few fun facts about this amazing country (courtesy of Wikipedia):
- Brazil is the largest country in South America. It is the fifth largest nation in the world with a population of over 200 million.
- The Brazilian landscape is incredibly diverse with the world’s largest tropical rainforest, dry grasslands, rugged hills, pine forests, sprawling wetlands, and gorgeous beaches. There are five distinct regions in Brazil: North, Northeast, Center-West, Southeast, and the South.
- Brazil is a diverse melting pot of cultures. Most Brazilians descend from three ethnic groups: Amerindians, European settlers (mainly from Portugal), and Africans. During the 19th century, additional waves of immigrants arrived from Germany, Italy, Japan, the Middle East, Poland, Spain, and Ukraine, which added to this mix.
- The national language of Brazil is Portuguese. The city of Rio De Janeiro was once the capital of Portugal – making it the only European capital outside of Europe. (Rio was also the capital of Brazil from 1763-1960, but the capital is now Brasilia – good to know when you’re playing a trivia game!)
- Americana – a city in the Brazilian State of São Paulo – was founded by a group of Confederate refugees who left the U.S. after the Civil War. They immigrated in the late 1860’s – at a time when slavery was still legal in Brazil. (Slavery was abolished in 1888.)
- Voting is compulsory in Brazil for all literate citizens ages 18-70. If they do not vote, they have to pay a fine and can face restrictions on obtaining a passport, getting a government loan, or serving in public office. Brazilians ages 16-17, over 70, or those who are illiterate may also vote, but it is not mandatory.
- If you visit the Amazon Rainforest, you are likely to see the Maccaw – the national animal of Brazil. The Rainforest spans several countries in South America, but 60% of it is in Brazil.
- Brazil has many celebrations and festivals which have become known around the world, such as the Brazilian Carnival and the Bumba-Meu-Boi. The colorful culture of vibrant art, music, regional dances, football, capoeira, and the culinary arts creates an environment that makes Brazil a popular destination for many travelers.
If you can’t afford a trip to Brazil but would like to experience some of Brazil’s diverse culture, join us at Valley High School on Saturday, May 13 for Living Cultures Brazil!