Feb 1st (Mission Cultural Center San Francisco)
Feb 2nd (Casa de Cultura in Berkeley).
Yemanja is mother of salt waters, goddess of the sea, giver of life, and patron of fishermen. This celebration originates from Yoruban traditions carried from West Africa to the Americas, but it is now embraced by migrants and travelers throughout the world who, having crossed the oceans in search for a better life, regard Yemanja as their protector.
With this festival BrasArte also honors Black History Month as it is believed that Yemanja watched over the Africans during middle passage.
This celebration offers a unique opportunity for healing across cultures and races, a chance to reach out, share and celebrate with each other. Participants will immerse themselves in joyous Brazilian music, dance, food and drinks in a beautifully decorated space filled with baskets, flowers, soaps, perfumes, sea shells, inspired in gifts traditionally offered to Yemanja.
Drummers, musicians, dancers and singers from Brazil and other parts of the African Diaspora will invoke the goddess mother, her healing beauty, and her generous and protective spirit.
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