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Thanksgiving on the Beach

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

We gathered with 9 other American families on Ingleses Beach for Thanksgiving. It is a tradition we have observed since 1987. Brazil doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving, but we do! We had a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thursday evening and spent the rest of the weekend enjoying the beach and each other's company.

There are these little outdoor gyms all over the city - including Ingleses Beach! I enjoyed working out here one day.

This is the view from the balcony of our room. The sound of the waves was constant and so relaxing!

My husband was so tempted to swim to this little island! I'm sure it was much further than it looked!

The teenagers loved body-boarding - and they got to do a lot of it!
I saw some interesting sea creatures and thought you might enjoy seeing some of them as well!

I believe this is some kind of sea urchin.

Some kind of sea sponge.

Common jellyfish.

The last two pictures are of a Portuguese Man of War. Several years ago I was stung by one of these as it wrapped its tentacles around my legs on the edge of the beach. Wow! Did it ever sting! We were not really close to civilization at the time, so it was several hours before I was able to buy some cream that finally eased the pain. I had scars on both legs for months afterward!
I enjoyed walking on the beach every day we were there, sometimes twice in one day! Here are some of the photos taken on my walks.

Brazil is a very religious country! At one end of the beach there was a statue of Christ and a shrine housing Our Lady of Aparecida (patron saint of Brazil) where people burned candles and offered flowers.

Along the way, this is what was left of an offering left for Iemanjá, known in the Afro-Brazilian cult "Umbanda" as the Goddess of the Seas. Offerings are left on the edge of the surf. If offerings are swept out to sea, this is a sign of acceptance and the supplicant can expect good luck in love, finances, etc. If offerings return to shore, it means the owners have displeased Iemanjá. Uh oh...this offering of yellow roses and chocolate returned to shore.

This is a picture of Iemanjá

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  • BEWELL48
    Oh so beautiful! Thank you! Have never been to Brazil or for that matter So America! It seems so far away but with the magic of the Internet distance is irrelevant!
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    2004 days ago
    Beautiful photos. Thanks so much for sharing.
    2004 days ago
    Awesome blog - thanks for sharing.
    2005 days ago
    Beautiful video! Thank you for sharing with us! Looks like you had a wonderful time. I'm glad you got to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal!

    2005 days ago
    Enjoyed your pictures. Always fun to break bread with friends. The video was not there when I came to your blog, just a blank space.
    2005 days ago
    That is so awesome you did a video for us!! Loved the sounds of the waves!!! Looks & sounds like you had a very nice time!! I can see why- Beautiful beach!
    Except for the jellyfish! emoticon Glad you didn't get any ill effects from the Man o' war!
    Another reason I don't like to swim in the ocean! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2005 days ago
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