Salesman walking out of a shop selling candies and sweets for St Cosmas and St Damian’s day festivity. SAARA.
It is a tradition for some people (depending on their religion) to go out to the streets on the 27th of September each year and give little paper packs filled with sweets to children.
Children walk around the streets collecting these packs and competing to get more sweets than their friends by the end of the day.
27th of September is the date when Umbanda and Candomblé (religions) celebrate St Cosmas and St Damian (Ibejis Orixas). They are popularly known to be entities that protect the children.
26th of September is the date when the Catholic Church celebrates these saints.
Although Catholics, Umbandists and Candombleists are all ok with the celebration of the Saints (in slight different dates), a considerable part of the population who are Protestants demonize the party and prohibits their kids of going after the candies on the streets.
List with the popular names of few sweets that are given away to children during St Cosmas and St Damian’s day and their direct translation to English:
Cocô de rato – Rat poop
Peitinho de moça – Lady’s little tits
Pé de moleque – Boy’s foot
Maria mole – Soft Maria
Doce de abóbora – Pumpkin sweet
Pingo de leite – Drop of milk
Guardachuva de chocolate – Chocolate umbrella
Photo taken on 27/Sep/2016