Each country has its own unique traditions, and in each country families preserve their national customs, which are passed down from generation to generation. Some civilized countries are gradually beginning to forget their traditions, and they are preserved only in small families who tremblingly guard the little that they managed to save.
Brazil is one of the few countries where all ancient customs are very carefully and deeply honored. It is here that traditional Brazilian families, large and friendly, have survived, where adult children always help their parents and younger brothers and sisters.
Brazil is one of the few countries where the difference in estates is very striking, although the Brazilians themselves do not attach much importance to their financial and social status.
The size of a family in Brazil directly depends on which social class the family is in. The class structure implies the upper class, the middle and the 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 are sufficient funds for this.
In Brazil, there is still a sharp division between classes, and young people cannot choose a mate from another class. The upper class in Brazil is characterized by very large families, in which all national traditions are preserved to a greater extent than in others.
More often than not, such large families represent a class of landowners, and the head of this family can extend his power not only to his close relatives, but also to the families of all his children, sisters and brothers.
Each relative is obliged to obey the head of the family, they come to him for advice and in order to resolve any disputes. All employees who work for him and live on his territory are subordinate to him. On religious holidays, birthdays or weddings, the whole family must be present at the celebration.
In the middle class in Brazil, families are not as numerous as those in the upper classes, but large families can also be found there. The lowest class has the smallest families. In such families, young people, having matured, leave the family, and the girls must stay in order to care for their parents and younger brothers and sisters.
There are some peculiarities in raising children in Brazil, too; the fates of boys and girls are sharply different. Children in Brazilian families are divided into generations.
Children under five years old, both boys and girls, always play and are brought up together and it is not customary to make any gender differences between them. After reaching the age of five, boys already begin to communicate together, separately from girls.
Homework is already waiting for the girls, they begin at this age to help their mothers and sisters, take care of their younger sisters and brothers. The girls help around the house until they reach the age of 15, when they are already married.
They are already starting to look closely at girls from the age of 13, and at this time they are already beginning to be called little young ladies. Girls in Brazil are married off early and are usually 5 or 10 years older than them.
As far as Brazilian boys are concerned, no help can be expected from them at any age. Beginning at the age of 15, boys begin to prepare for marriage and receive education.
Until some time, training was not available to girls in Brazil, because at the age of 15 she was supposed to get married. Since that time, she has already completely devoted herself to housekeeping and raising children.
A young girl could attend any public event only when accompanied by her mother or older sisters. Before marriage, young people older than her by several years pay attention to the girl.
After a certain period of time, young people in Brazil were called lovers and a young man could be allowed into the house, but not left young people alone. The next stage of these meetings was the engagement, when the young man asked the girl's hand from the parents.
After the engagement, the girl began to prepare a dowry for herself. Until now, this tradition has been preserved in Brazil, and this is considered an example for many girls. Although, of course, in the conditions of modern society, girls are becoming more and more independent and are trying to independently decide and build their personal lives.
After education became available to girls in Brazil, many of them find prestigious jobs and do not leave them even after they get married. Lower-class girls go to work in government offices, offices, and businesses.
After marriage, they can also either stay at work or do housework. However, not everyone can get an education, because lower-class parents cannot afford to send their children to study in prestigious institutions. In this case, young people receive secondary education and find easier jobs than young people with higher education.
The attitude of children to their parents in Brazil is extremely respectful, children are brought up in the spirit of tradition and taught to respect their parents and all adult relatives in the family. In addition, they are obliged to always maintain kindness and tenderness towards their younger brothers and sisters, whom they are obliged to look after and support them in everything.
When older children leave the house, the younger children should stay in the parents' house and help them with the housework. It often happens that the youngest sons in Brazil stay in their parents' house even after marriage precisely 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 they visit their parents when the whole family gets together. Parents do not refuse to help their children, but most of all, of course, the sons can expect help, because the girl leaves for the full support of her husband and it is believed that from that moment on she does not need help.