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So we all know that 12 October is Children’s Day in Brazil, but did you know that it is celebrated on different days in different countries? Historically speaking, 1 June was first established as Children’s Day at the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva in 1925, the same date as the closing of the conference and signing of treaties. Naturally the same date has been adopted by many countries, such as Portugal and the US. Later, the Universal Declaration of Children’s Rights, in 1959 and the Convention on the Children’s Rights, in 1989, led the UN to…

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It´s never enough to talk about something that has always captivated the children and received a special date on the Brazilian calendar: 23 September is National Ice cream Day in Brazil. But why this date? Besides being the day that the ABIS (Brazilian Ice cream Sector and Industries Association) was founded, it also marks the day that the merchants of ice cream celebrate the beginning of the summer season in Brazil. We already know that the ice cream was invented over two thousand years ago (http://www.bbmag.co.uk/time-holidays-time-ice-cream/). In Brazil the start of the ice cream happened in 1834 (or 1837, according…

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Brazilian Day, sponsored by the Embassy of Brazil in Sweden, is celebrated every year in one of the most beautiful places in Stockholm. On this day, the Brazilian community celebrates its culture with a mixture of nostalgia, pride and joy. Kungsträdgården (King’s garden, in free translation) is taken over by stalls of Brazilian food and on the stage Brazilian artists (most of whom live in Sweden) perform to the delight of the audience. Brazilian Day: For the first time Riglea and I attended this year and represented Belaponte, our intercultural communication company. We believe that cooking is one of…

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Pizza, as we know it, is an Italian culinary specialty. It is famous around the world, but some historians believe that its origin is not Italian. Some six thousand years ago, the ancient Egyptians and Hebrews used a similar type of dough. However, the pizza as we know today was invented in the 1600s, when the tomato was introduced into European culinary culture. Since its arrival in São Paulo at the beginning of the 1900s, via Italian immigrants, the consumption of pizza has been steadily growing. Today São Paulo is known as the national capital of the pizza, which has…

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Something that always worries parents is what to do with their children at the weekend. It’s a challenge to constantly come up with new things to do that keep them entertained and having fun the whole time. To help make the life of English parents a little easier, there is an app which offers lots of activities in London for the whole family, some of which are free: it’s called Hoop London. The app shows you the events and activities that are closest to you, as well as making suggestions based on what kinds of activities are most popular according…

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June is a fun-filled month, be it in Brazil or the UK because it’s party time! The cause for such celebration, naturally, varies from country to country. In Brazil, for example, the festivals in June celebrate three popular saints from Portugal, the country that colonised Brazil, St. Anthony (13 June), St. John (24 June) and St. Peter (29 June). The festivities take place in spaces called “arraiás” and are set up in public spaces such as schools, squares, churches or clubs. Coloured flags, balloons and a bonfire are all must-have items, as are stalls offering typical food and games. In Brazil, children are taught…

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We can always have ice cream; it exists all over the world irrespective of the country’s climate, but how about certain flavours? There are the common ones that you can find anywhere, like chocolate, but there are also some that are quite different… Amongst the most unusual I’ve come across some are really special, like olive oil ice cream; Turkish coffee; saffron and cardamom; pomegranate; goat’s cheese; noodles with peanut sauce; lavender; salted liquorice… I´ve even had fish and chips ice cream made with potato ice cream! Then there’s jalapeño ice cream, which is a rich carmine colour. But don’t…

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For me, there is nothing better than starting the day with a beautiful breakfast! A full table, colored by fruits and juices, appetizing thanks to freshly baked bread and fresh coffee, framed by loved ones and conversations that can vary from political discussions to the simple exchange of glances and smiles confirming the pleasure of the moment No matter where and with whom I am, I always make it a point to have breakfast. Of course, in most cases, it is much simpler and quieter than I would like, but it still does not lose its importance. I started to…

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Children today are used to being surrounded by technology. From an early age, they want mobile phones, tablets or any device that can entertain them. That’s where parents start worrying about the kind of content their children are accessing, as some social networks and websites are simply inappropriate for them. With this in mind, and also thinking about the types of activities children enjoy online, here is a list of suggested sites/apps. Club Penguin A website where children can play online and carry out missions. To do so, they just have to create a penguin avatar, personalized the way…

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There are a lot of mums with plenty of questions about how best to take care of their children’s teeth and how to promote healthy dental daily habits. Good dental hygiene should start before the baby’s first teeth start to come through. A gum massager should be used from early on, or a clean, damp gauze or wet-wipe Once the first teeth start to appear, they should be brushed three times a day, with a soft toothbrush, so as not to hurt the child. Milk teeth should be taken care of in the same way as permanent ones. Although they…

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