Each country has its own unique traditions, and in each country, families retain their national customs, which are passed on from generation to generation. Some civilized countries are gradually beginning to forget their traditions, and they persist only in small families, who are anxiously guarding the little that has been saved.
Brazil is one of the few countries where all the ancient customs are very carefully and deeply honored. It is here that traditional Brazilian families are preserved, large and friendly, where adult children always help their parents and younger brothers and sisters.
Brazil is one of the few countries where the difference of estates is very striking, although the Brazilians themselves do not attach much importance to their financial and social status.
The family size in Brazil directly depends on the social class in which the family is located. Class structure implies a higher class, middle and lower class. Of course, such features are noticed in many countries of the world, because the upbringing and education of children can be complete only if there is enough money for this.
In Brazil, there is still a sharp division between classes, and young people can not choose a couple from another class. For the upper class in Brazil, very large families are characteristic, in which all national traditions are preserved to a greater extent than in others.
Most such large families represent a class of landowners, and the head of this family can extend their power not only to close relatives, but also to the families of all their children, sisters and brothers.
Each relative must obey the head of the family, they come to him for advice and to resolve any disputes. He obeys all the workers who work for him and live on his territory. On the days of religious holidays, birthdays or weddings, the entire family must necessarily attend the celebration.
In the middle class in Brazil, families are not as numerous as the families of the upper classes, but also there can be found large families. The lowest class has the smallest families. In such families, young people, having grown up, leave the family, and the girls must stay to look after their parents and younger brothers and sisters.
In the education of children in Brazil, too, there are some features, the fate of boys and girls is very different. Children in Brazilian families are divided into generations.
Children under five years of age, both boys and girls are always played and brought up together and it is not accepted between them to make any gender differences. After reaching the age of five, the boys are already beginning to communicate together, separately from the girls.
Girls are already waiting for homework, they begin at this age to help their mother and sisters, take care of their younger sisters and brothers. Girls help around the house until they reach the age of 15 when they are already married.
The girls are already beginning to look at from the age of 13 and at this time they are already beginning to be called young ladies. Married girls in Brazil are issued early and usually for men older than them for 5 or 10 years.
As for Brazilian boys, no assistance can be expected from them at any age. Since the age of 15, boys are beginning to prepare for marriage, they are educated.
Until some time, girls in Brazil were not available for training, because at the age of 15 she was to be married. Since that time, she has completely devoted herself to housekeeping and raising children.
At any public event, a young girl could only get in the company of a mother or older sisters. Before marriage, young people pay attention to the girl over her age for several years.
After a certain period of time, young people in Brazil were called lovers and the young man could be allowed into the house, but not leave the young alone.The next stage of these meetings was an engagement, when a young man asked the girl’s hand from his parents.
After the engagement, the girl began to prepare her own dowry. So far, such a tradition in Brazil has survived, and this is considered an example for many girls. Although, of course, in today’s society, girls are becoming more independent and are trying to independently decide and build their personal lives.
After the girls in Brazil have access to training, many of them find a prestigious job and do not leave it even after they get married. Girls from the lower class come to work in state institutions, offices, and enterprises.
After marriage, they can either stay at work or do household chores. However, not everyone can get an education, because parents from the lower class can not afford to send their children to study in prestigious institutions. In this case, young people receive a secondary education and find a simpler job than young people with higher education.
The attitude of children to parents in Brazil is highly respectful, children are brought up in the spirit of traditions and teach them to honor their parents and all adult relatives in the family. In addition, they must always remain kind and tender to their younger brothers and sisters, for whom they are obliged to take care of and support them in all.
When older children leave the house, younger children should stay in the parents’ house and help them with housework. It often happens that the younger sons in Brazil stay in their parents’ house even after the marriage, in order to help them manage the household and take care of the parents themselves.
Girls always go to their husband’s house and only on holidays can come to visit their parents, when the whole family gathers together. Parents do not refuse to help their children, but most of all help the sons can expect help, because the girl goes to full support of her husband and it is believed that from that moment she does not need help.