Photo Essay

Festa do Divino

trembling stars

The traditional Brazilian festival takes place in São Luís do Paraitinga, a small city near São 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.

VOTE: Do you like this story?

Tell a friend about this story!

Tell a friend about this story!

  1. or

Hi there!

thought you might like this story!

—The JPG team

5 responses

  • Shaina DeCiryan

    Shaina DeCiryan said (9 Sep 2009):

    This is an amazing collection of images. I would love to see this published!

  • Leanna Lomanski

    Leanna Lomanski gave props (25 Sep 2009):

    Well done! Thanks for sharing..........

  • Christina Atik

    Christina Atik gave props (26 Sep 2009):

    very cool festival pics! :D

  • Daniel Borges

    Daniel Borges said (27 Sep 2009):

    Amei! Belas fotos!!

  • Virginia Giles

    Virginia Giles gave props (17 Nov 2009):


Want to leave a comment? Log in or sign up!