Essay "Bumba meu Boi. Maranhão’s party time"


Finally comes June 24, St. John's Day (1). The long awaited moment. The moment of the explosion, of joy. The moment of the baptism of the Ox!


It has been almost a year since the Ox is in the corral (2). Since the last party, many new embroideries have been made to make it even more beautiful.


After the baptism, the Ox is finally allowed to go to the streets, to take all his joy, to honor the saint and to amuse the people by the end of the month.


The beat of the pandericos and the zabumbas imitate the beating of the ox's heart. And for the Ox to stay alive, his heart can not stop pulsing, the drummer can not stop playing. During the festival days, rhythmic percussion is constantly heard. You feel the vibration of your heart permanently. Heat. Shaking. These are days of great music, dance, celebration and thanksgiving.


On June 29 (St. Peter's Day) or on the 30th (St. Marçal's day) the percussion ceases, the heart of the Ox stops and he returns to the corral, where he will stay until next year, when he will be "resurrected "Baptized again in the name of St. John and allowed to go out again to play.




(1) Many oxen are created in exchange for some grace obtained after a promise made to St. John. In such cases, it is even more important that the baptism takes place on June 24.


(2) As it is called the headquarters of the Oxes groups in Maranhão.


Decorating the house, the street, the city for the feast of St. John is a tradition in Maranhão.


The super-colored altars honor more than a single saint; they are a true example of the faith and the multidirectional devotion of the Brazilian people.


Everywhere there is an altar. On each altar there are more saints and more ornaments and more a candle and more flowers!

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