Hundreds of people from all parts of Brazil are celebrating Saint George’s Day (Dia de Sao Jorge) in this April, 23rd. The saint is known in Europe as England patron, but here in Brazil he is popular especially among cariocas(people from Rio de Janeiro), who enjoy the local holiday going to church, praying and partying. Sao Jorge, called Ogum in the Afro-Brazilian religion Umbanda, is one of the most popular saints in Brazil, with the belief that the saint provides protection against any evil for the faithful.
Rio de Janeiro’s devotion to Saint George was passed on to Brazil by the Portuguese. Saint George is the patron saint of Portugal and his popularity compares favorably with the city’s official patron Saint Sebastian.
Do you know how is the saint George’s prayer in Portuguese? You can listen the audio here