Brazilian Courtship & Engagement Customs

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Brazilian courtship and engagement customs involve a number of romantic gestures. For instance, a suitor might offer a bouquet of eleven roses to the woman he loves. He'll tell her that she is the missing rose.

Brazilian Courtship Rituals

Next, he might set up an elaborate moonlight serenade outside her window. This serenade might end in a rousing party where the courting couple invites their friends to drink and dance until dawn.

When the couple decides to commit to a more serious relationship, they may exchange anel de compromisso (commitment ring). This ring is typically made of steel or silver. Promise rings don't necessarily mean the couple intends to marry. It's just a sign of their commitment to the relationship for the moment.

Brazilian Engagement Customs

Brazilian engagement (noivado) differs from American engagements. Instead of a surprise proposal, the couple typically discusses marriage and decides together. Then they go to the jewelry store to pick out their rings (aliancas).

Some couples choose matching gold bands. Others choose a gold band for the man and a diamond or gemstone solitaire for the woman. They wear these rings on their right ring fingers until the wedding.

Soon after their engagement, the happy couple might plan a huge party to celebrate with their friends and family. In centuries past, it may have been during this party that the man proved his ability to care for his bride by taming a donkey.

Shortly after announcing the engagement, the couple chooses their attendants. They each choose madrinhas and padrinhos, typically older family members or dear friends who serve as godparents and witnesses to the wedding. The customary number of attendants is three each.

The couple may also choose a best man and maid of honor. These special attendants are expected to dress the fanciest and bring special gifts for the bride and groom on their wedding day. They also perform special duties during the reception.