Caron Crochet Boho Bunting

Do you know the stories of the little flag, the balloon, and the bonfire of St. John? Forró, quentão and canjica cannot be missing in the June festivities. But for an “arraiá” to be really good, it is necessary to do a lot of decorating. Little flags, balloons, and bonfires make the fun even more lively. Do you know the history of each of these three symbols? Of European origin, the June tradition ended up being incorporated into Brazilian culture. In the Northeast, the main redoubt of this popular manifestation, these items do not go unnoticed by those who visit the region during the month of June. Many years ago, it was common during June parties for the images of the three saints of the month (Saint Anthony, Saint John and Saint Peter) to be engraved on large colorful flags. These flags were placed in water in an event known as the washing of the saints. The idea was to purify the water and those who bathed in it. As time went by, the large flags – still present in some places – gave way to the famous little flags in allusion to this ritual.

Behind the coziness brought by the bonfire in the cold winter nights, there is also no lack of history. For Christians, the bonfire represents the birth of St. John the Baptist. This is because Saint Elizabeth would have used it to warn Mary that her son was going to be born and that she needed help in the birth. Some people also say that the bonfire protects against evil spirits, with the power to destroy entire plantations. Balloons, on the other hand, served as a form of communication. Some balloons were released to warn relatives and neighbors in the region that the festivities were about to begin. It is worth remembering that in Brazil the practice of releasing balloons is a crime. Besides being a danger to people, it can cause fires of great proportions.

The June Party is popularly known for its joyful character, with games, typical foods, sympathies, etc. Besides these, the saints that are honored in the month of June also give meaning to the celebration. There are many symbols of this festivity, but the most important are: The bonfire – created since ancient times to give thanks for the fertilization of the earth and the abundant harvests. Moreover, for manifesting both good and evil; good for representing creation, light, and evil for being a destructive element. Each June saint has a different type of bonfire, being Saint Anthony’s square, Saint John’s round, and Saint Peter’s triangular. The balloons were created to remind people of the beginning of the party. However, this practice started big fires, and became forbidden. Today there is a law that prohibits their use, in order to avoid greater accidents.

Flags arose because of the three saints: Saint John, Saint Anthony and Saint Peter, who were nailed to the flags to be admired during the feast. Thus, they started to make small, colorful flags to brighten the party atmosphere. The flags of the saints are also usually washed, dipped in a lake, stream or even in a basin, so that people can get wet with this water and purify themselves. Fireworks are used to scare away the bad feelings, the bad spirits. The quadrilha is a form of thanksgiving to the June saints for the good harvest. The sympathies are a way to bring greater beliefs, such as luck in life and in love. St. Anthony is sacrificed, being placed upside down until the person finds a partner.


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