Monday, November 1, 2010

Hallowe'en in Brazil

When you move to another country that doesn't celebrate the same traditions as you, you start to really understand which holidays are near and dear to your heart. You all saw the Thanksgiving dinner Ro and I put together. This is one holiday very special to me. It's more sappy nostalgia than anything, but the idea of family getting together, giving thanks for good fortune, and sharing together is a very important tradition to me.

There's one more holiday that really touches me.  Really makes me feel all warm inside.  It's a holiday that I don't think I could leave behind very easily.  

And that holiday.  Is...
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HALLOWE'EN!!
 
Helllllls yeah!!!  Hallowe'en is The Shit. I freakin' love it. You're damn right I wanna carve a pumpkin and dress up like an 80's aerobics instructor whilst eating Hallowe'en size serving after serving of delicious chocolate covered whatever!
You're damn right I do.

So, I forced my family into celebrating another of my favourite traditions last night. Alright, who really needs to be forced into cleaning out the guts of a pumpkin with your bare hands and carving a finely detailed face into its thick-ass rind with a steak knife, then being forced into watching a horror movie while making yourself sick on chocolate.

Yeah, you see why I love it? It's amazing.

We fully went out and spent R$60 on the two biggest pumpkins we could find. We did pretty well I thought! The outside of the pumpkins here are more white than at home but the inside is juuuust as orangy and perfect.

Then we spent R$130 MORE on chocolate, alcohol and movies. Ahahaha aha.

It was the perfect Hallowe'en. (Sans fake spider webs but I'll live).

It would have been WAY more hilarious if we had all dressed up but I think even that would be going too far. We're taking baby steps here in Brazil.

Anyway! Check out our work. I think you'll be proud.


4 comments:

  1. That is sooo great that you're bringing in some special holidays to Brazil! Did you guys dress up? That's always my favorite part!

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  2. How great! Your pumpkins turned out really nice. And what good sports your in-laws are! I can't imagine mine being down with celebrating American Halloween.

    However, you've inspired me to cook Thanksgiving dinner for myself and Alexandre this year. Maybe I'll invite some friends, too. Yay! Happy Halloween (no apostrophe!)!!

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  3. Hi Lindsey,

    Nice blog! I found it through Danielle's and Jim's links. I lived in Brazil with my Brazilian namorado a while ago and can relate to a lot of your posts. Anyway, I love how you are incorporating North American traditional holidays and I agree with Fiona--the dressing up *is* the best part. I love Halloween! Oh, and that pic of the pumpkin vomiting up its guts is too cute.

    Beijos

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  4. Um, hi. Im inviting myself to come live with you and the people who are down to do stuff like this with you. Because it doesn't role this way in the world of evangelica-ism. There will be no scary-ness of any form. Nor celebrating anything. At any time.

    Alright so it's a slight exaggeration. But only slight. Make room. I'm coming over!

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