Festa do Divino
By Jorge Sato
8 Sep 2009
The traditional Brazilian festival takes place in SÃ£o LuÃs do Paraitinga, a small city near SÃ£o Paulo. It always starts on Friday, when the flags are blessed by the church followers in order to show them around the city as well as gigantic puppets, which are carried by the citizens.
These flags represent devotion and they are carried along the streets by these religious people who want to thank the saints for the promises they have fulfilled for them. So, these flags are offered to the saints.
The most important day of the festival is called "Grande Dia", which means "The Great Day". The citizens are awoken at 6am by musicians and some dancers called "Congada", which is a traditional dance that mixes lively drum beats with folk colorful costumes and lot of energy.