Brazil’s bonfire night was on the 4th of July
No, Brazilians do not buy fireworks for the American Independence Day. Neither does this have anything to do with today’s celebration of Guy Fawkes’ failed attempt to blow the House of Lords in 1605. (for more on bonfire night, click here)
When it comes to fireworks, only New Year’s Day matches what happened in my hometown Sao Paulo and in many parts of the country on that day a few months ago. That was when Corinthians, a club supported by 30 million people, lifted the South American Football Cup for the first time. All its rivals in the state had already done that. The long mockery for not winning our local Champions League ended then.
If you doubt what I say, just take a look at this.
It started in the end of the 2-0 victory against Argentinian giants Boca Juniors and went on until 4 am. When I finished partying on Sao Paulo’s main road people were already going to work. I can’t remember anything similar to that back home even when Brazil won the 1994 and the 2002 World Cups. In my hometown clubs have a bigger following than the national team — people tend to think selecao players only care about getting rich in Europe.
One of the happiest days of my life. I hope London’s bonfire night reminds me of that special occasion.