Many foreigners think that Brazil's carnival celebrations are uninterrupted and that everything else is libidinous. No, not at all. Actually the carnival week which is a national holiday is considered an annual holiday in the minds of many foreigners who are persuaded by false propaganda that only aims to sell tours to Brazil.
I lived up to 17 years in the southernmost state of Brazil. It's called Rio Grande do Sul. My city is called Cerro Largo. The city is very small and it has about 5,000 inhabitants. The other 6 or 7 thousand people live on farms or on small farms around the city.
The Rio Grande do Sul is a state with a unique culture and even within it there are many cultural differences, because the state itself has received immigrants from all around the world, mainly from Germany and Italy. In my city 95% of people have German surnames, and the city has a culture that is a mixture of German and 'gauchas' traditions. 'Gaucho' is the word we use in Brazil for people born in Rio Grande do Sul.
These traditions play an important role in the nationalist feelings of my region.
Also like the cowboy, gauchos were and remain proud of being great horseriders. Everybody who lived in a ranch had or shared a horse.
The typical gaucho outfit would include a poncho (saddle blanket), a facón (large knife), a rebenque (leather whip),loose-fitting trousers called bombachas, belted with a tirador, or a chiripá, a piece of cloth used in the fashion of a diaper, and tall riding boots. But today this type of clothing is only used during celebrations and by the farmers. Like me, my father, my brother and my best friend in the picture above.
Although we have a culture based almost exclusively on the field activities, Rio Grande do Sul is a rich and modern state. We have modern airports, good highways, a rich and growing industrial sector, we are one of the most prosperous states in grain production and viticulture.
Below you can see a dancing group of my city. A mixture of German and 'gauchas' traditions. I was part of this group during my childhood.