12 Feb

What a good life!!!

The image of city design by the riparian

Responsiveness, contact with nature, diversified cultural movements, bicitaxis (taxi-bikes), and “Merry Architecture” are peculiarities that led the city of Afuá (State of Pará) in Brazil to be chosen for the Green Club itinerary.

In our first interview, we talked with teacher Norma Suely, who has been residing in the city for 28 years. She is married and mother of five children. In our conversation, she talked a little about the way of life of those who reside in that Amazon city.

1 – Where were you born?

Norma: I was born in the Marajó Island, community of São João Novo.

2 – Why have you moved to Afuá?

Norma: Moving to Afuá was a manner to give continuity to my education.

3 – Do you enjoy living in Afuá? How do you feel living in this city?

Norma: Yes. I enjoy living in Afuá because this is a hospitable and calm city, and the cost of living is very good. This place is good to live in, because here we can enjoy nature and have better contact with it. Because we are close to nature, for example, we drink natural acai-berry wine, we eat shrimp, we bathe in the rivers and little creeks (igarapés); the climate is mild; we ride on taxi-bikes and bikes, and as a consequence we can breathe purer air, which makes the lives of people favorable to socializing.

The image of the city design by the riparian

4 – How do people have fun in Afuá?

Norma: They have fun through sports activities such as football matches that take place in the city. We have, for example, the “Marajó Cup” and the “Afuá Championship.” We have traditional dances such as the “flowers ball” (that ball was created for debutantes who, when turning 15, are invited for a gala parade). Serenades are presented on Fridays, as well as informal parties (musical bands from other states of Brazil come to town); Sunday baths take place in the bathhouses on river banks.

"Serenades are presented on Fridays, as well as informal parties (musical bands from other states of Brazil come to town); Sunday baths take place in the bathhouses on river banks"

5 – How is your acquaintance with your neighbors?

Norma: Very good. I have known them for a long time and we usually do not have gossips. They are friends, real companions who are concerned with my well-being, and there is a friendly and affectionate relationship among us.

6 – What do you think about the affection of Afuá people in relation to their housing?

Norma: We, the people from Afuá, like to have a pleasant home like everybody else. We do our best to have a lovely home, according to our financial possibilities.

7 – What cultural movements exist in Afuá?

Norma: We have the Círio de Nossa Senhora da Conceição, a religious movement involving candles that takes place in the last Sunday of November, with travels on land (through bridges), rivers and air. We have the largest cultural celebration in the Marajó Island, the Shrimp Festival that takes place in the last week of July. That event includes presentations of local musical bands and also bands from other states of Brazil. There is also the “shrimp battle” (two cultural shrimps groups – the arrogant and the peacocks), representing the raw and cooked shrimp. They compete for the trophy through bodily performances, legendary presentations, at the musical rhythm typical of Afuá: the lanceada (spearing dance).

The Shrimp Festival includes the Biciata that consists of a parade with taxi-bikes, bicycles and tricycles, and later a competition for prizes for the best ornamented ones; the main criteria to win the prize are originality, creativity and regionality.

In that period, the city of Afuá receives about 30,000 tourists coming mainly from Macapá and Belém, and from other states of Brazil.

Mrs. Norma Suely is an habitant of Afuá

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