Egg heads

by Giovane Élber

Talking about a revolution (Issue II/2020)

-

Photo: Daniel Hofer/ laif


Anyone who had a birthday at our home was allowed to linger a bit longer in bed while the rest of the family prepared them breakfast. There is another fun tradition among family and friends in Brazil: if you celebrate a birthday, you get flour and eggs thrown at your head.

I was the youngest of my siblings and my brothers always did this to me as a child. The main aim was to get a few eggs to hit the head. This would make the flour really stick to the hair. Washing it all out really took a lot of time and patience. Especially if the eggs had been left in the sun for two or three days beforehand, then it really smelled bad.

While I played for FC Bayern Munich we were at the training camp in Marbella, Spain, when it was my teammate Roque Santa Cruz's birthday. He comes from Paraguay so of course I had to seize the opportunity to try out this beautiful Brazilian custom on him.



similar articles

Poorest nation, richest nation (What's different elsewhere)

Communal dinner on sundays

by Falefatu Tamotu

There is a special ritual on Sundays in Samoa: We come together as a family and we prepare our umu, our earth oven. 

more


Poorest nation, richest nation (Topic: Inequality)

The marriage proposal

by Georgette Florence Koyt-Deballé

Extract from "Nago et sa grand-mère" (Copyright: L'Harmattan, Paris, 2017).

more


The new Poland (Topic: Poland)

The country in the spiritual east

by Jacek Dehnel

Nationalists in government, fanatics on the streets: the German explanation for the situation in Poland is often quite simple. But it is not so clear cut.

more


Talking about a revolution (Tomorrow's world)

Plastic free airports

Short news from the United Arab Emirates.

more


Someone else's paradise (Books)

“Giving economic policy a cultural audit”

an interview with Sigrid Weigel

In a new study, the cultural scientist Sigrid Weigel scrutinises Germany’s cultural foreign policy. 

more


Guilt (Books)

All the good people were white…

by Rose-Anne Clermont

Reni Eddo-Lodge explores how we talk about skin colour – and how we should.

more