Favelas, also called slums, are a common characteristic of Brazil. Millions of people across Brazil live in small, rundown shacks for houses in neighborhoods referred to as favelas or what the English would call slums. Favelas in Brazil can be compared to what some English countries refer to as “the ghetto.” However, there are profound, unique characteristics to the Brazilian favelas which distinguish them from poor communities in other parts of the world.
In the English world, we set aside special days to celebrate and honor the divine gifts mothers, fathers, boyfriends, and girlfriends. But in Brazil, there is also a special day to celebrate the joy that children bring to our lives. Yes, there is a special “Children’s Day” in Brazil. The holiday, which is observed as a national holiday, is celebrated on the 12th of October each year in Brazil.