Santa Bárbara

Festa Santa Bárbara 2009 Foto Rita Barreto (694).JPG

Santa Barbara is one of the most highly revered divinities in Bahia. Every 4th of December thousands of Bahians attend mass and make carurus (a typical Bahian dish, of African origin, made with okra, dried prawns and spices) in her honour.

When: 4th of December

Where: Salvador

In around 1641, the tradesmen and labourers of the Santa Barbara market, located in Comércio, decided to venerate the saint. From then on, the festivities became tradition. Every 4th of December thousands of Bahians attend mass and make carurus (a typical Bahian dish, of African origin, made with okra, dried prawns and spices) in her honour. Santa Barbara is one of the most highly revered divinities in Bahia. She is the godmother of the Firemen and the patron saint of the markets. In candomblé, she is represented by the warrior woman, Iansã, goddess of thunder, lightning and wind.

Nowadays, the celebrations last three days and begin with the mass in the Church Nossa Senhor do Rosário dos Pretos, in the Pelourinho, where the image of the saint is displayed. From there, a procession is led throughout the streets of the centre, passing in front of the Firemen Headquarters. At the end of the religious festival, the traditional caruru, prepared by volunteers, is given out, to the rhythms of samba and capoeira.
 

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