November 25th is the "National Day of Baianas Selling Acarajé" in Brazil and they truly deserve the official title of National Treasures!
You’ll find the beautiful Baianas everywhere in the city of Salvador with their tabuleiros (trays and tables) and selling their quitutes (traditional AfroBrazilian dishes). The delicious and traditional acarajes (a fritter of black-eyed peas fried in dendê oil). The smell of acarajé brings to me a flood of memories of my childhood when we would buy them from the hands of the Baianas. We would get our yummy treats while walking in the streets of the cities of Ilhéus where I lived as a little girl. My mom and my grandmother are from this gorgeous area located in the South of the state of Bahia (Itabuna, Ilhéus, Itacaré etc...).
Many of the Baianas dress in white, "the white of Oxalá". Oxalá is the supreme Divine Being in the Afro Brazilian religion of Candomblé that many of them belong ("Oxalá is the Supreme Father. The Orixá of peace, of balance, of fraternity, of union. Symbolized by white, by purity.") White the color of peace.
Baianas, they are beautiful, inspiring to me!
Watch below in our Hip Brazil show, "Salvador Bahia: Land of Magic!" a little bit about Bahia, Salvador e the Baianas.