Earrings: Harvest Moon Festival, Clearwater, MB
Necklace: Street fair in Pirenopolis
Jacket: Liz Claiborne
Bracelet: Winnipeg Folk Festival
Rings: Onyx from Street Fair in Pirenopolis; Sparkly from under a cake
Yep. The ring is from under a cake.
Last night, I went to a psuedo-rehersal dinner for my friends Marina and François Xavier. They are getting married tomorrow – YAY! – and invited their friends and family over to FX’s parents house to eat, drink and be merry.
It was a veritable international gathering. Marina and FX are both Franco-Brazilians. We all went to the same high school in Brasília, and after graduation, the students scattered across the globe. Brazilians, French, British, Canadian… To name a few. We were all switching between English, Portuguese and French to the best of our abilities. It was pretty awesome.
After dinner, there were some speeches, and then a Macumbista ceremony to determine who of the remaining single ladies would be the next to marry. In this Macumba tradition, ribbons are placed beneath a cake. One ribbon is tied to a ring. The single ladies all choose a ribbon, and at the same time, they pull them out. The woman to pull out the ring is the next woman to get married.
I chose the ribbon with the ring.
It was pretty entertaining, especially since one of my high school friends got really competitive about which ribbon she wanted – interestingly enough, the one that was RIGHT in front of me. She knocked my hand out-of-the-way to grab the end of the turquoise ribbon. I rolled my eyes, because these traditions (the crazy women pushing and shoving to catch the bouquet, etc) irritated me quite a bit. I grabbed hold of the lime green ribbon right in front of her, pulled it out, and there was the ring.
Macumba is a hoodoo-like religion that you find in Brazil, and other Afro-Catholic nations (Cuba, Haiti, etc). The voodoo version is called Candomblé. I find Macumba and Candomblé extremely interesting, and do respect some of the saints – or Orixás, particularly Yemanjá.
I’ve been wearing the ring, mostly as a joke, today. It is very sparkly. I like sparkly things.
Suspicious dog is suspicious.