Oct 09 2013
In March, students from Fisk and Vanderbilt donned traditional Brazilian costumes to celebrate Festa Junina. The annual celebration, also known as Festa de São João, has historically been related to the European Midsummer that takes place in the beginning of the Brazilian winter. It is celebrated in many parts of Brazil, but is particularly associated with Northeastern Brazil.
Organized by Vanderbilt’s Marcio Bahia (Department of Portuguese) and Fisk University’s Fulbright Scholar Karina Oliveira de Paula, the celebration was held at Vanderbilt’s Black Cultural Center. Even though wintry weather forced the celebration indoors, it did not dampen the spirits of its festive participants. Students from Fisk, Vanderbilt, and Belmont performed traditional quadrilha (square dance), an integral part of the Festa Junina, as the leaders called out the dances in Portuguese. Faculty, students, and others packed the BCC supporting the dancers and sharing pipoca (popcorn), cachorros-quentes (Brazilian hot dogs), and Portuguese conversation. The event was a testament to the collaborative spirit between CLAS, Fisk, and Belmont as well as the dedication Bahia brings to the Portuguese program.