a blog with cultural bulimia.

Sunday, September 07, 2003


Today is Brazil's '4th of July' and a quick scan through major brazilian newspapers produces almost nothing - articles. pictures, mentions...
What does it mean?
At least in the US, Independence Day has become the National Day of Barbecue & Fireworks.

At the Brazilian Consulate in New York's web site there are 2 cerimonies listed: a mass (separation of church and state does not exist in Brazil) and some sort of civical thing in front of the statue of Jose Bonifacio that, weirdly and for no special reason, sits at the entance of Bryant Park on 6th Ave.

"Jose Bonifacio de Andrada e Silva: was a Brazilian statesman and scientist, often referred to as 'The Greatest Man in Brazilian History' was born in Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1763. Some say that in Brazilian history, Jose Bonifacio is what Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, and George Washington were in the history of the United States but all combined into one person."