"Amarelo significa dinheiro."

Translation:Yellow means money.

March 18, 2013

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For those of you finding this odd, I think this sentence is referring to New Year Celebrations. In Brazil, New Year's Eve is a big deal, and people gather on the streets or on the beach at midnight to watch the fireworks and wish everybody um Feliz Ano Novo wearing a new outfit, usually white. Branco significa paz (white symbolizes peace).

The color you wear at midnight is supposed to bring you what you want for your new year. You can look up what each color means, but I think that white symbolizes peace, pink is love, yellow is money, green is hope, etc. As I said, most wear white, and some wear colorful underwear/bikinis underneath, and also add color through shoes and accessories (all new, usually).

So if you ever visit Brazil during the Réveillon (New Years Celebration), you might actually hear (or say) this phrase.

There are more traditions to New Year's Eve involving flowers, candles, lentils, champagne... if you haven't already, you should take an educational trip. =)


That's a really cool custom! Thanks for the lesson in Brazilian culture. :-)


Thanks. Is this true in Portugal?


Portugal is as you might imagine quite a bit different as, despite the two countries being linked, they have much different surrounding influences. Of the ones I have witnessed the 12 raisins seems the most widespread.

Portuguese New Year Traditions:


Champagne [actually, the Portuguese version is espumante] and 12 raisins: One for each month of the year. You should ask a wish for each.

Bolo-Rei (literally: King Cake): This traditional Portuguese cake is usually eaten between Christmas (25th December) and Dia de Reis (literally Kings’ Day) on the 6th January.

Bolo Rei

Bolo-Rei is a round cake with a large hole in the centre, resembling a crown covered with crystallised and dried fruit. It is baked from a soft, white dough, with raisins, various nuts and crystalised fruit. Inside is hidden the characteristic fava (broad bean). Tradition dictates that whoever finds the fava has to pay for the Bolo-Rei next year. Initially, a small prize (usually a small metal toy) was also included within the cake. However, the inclusion of the prize was forbidden by the European Union for safety reasons.

Caldo Verde

Caldo Verde e Broa (Green Broth and Corn Bread): This famous symbol of Portuguese cuisine is originated from Minho, province in the North of Portugal. The basic ingredients are potatoes, onions, kale, garlic, salt, olive oil and chourizo or linguica (types of sausage). Caldo Verde is a very simple and light soup, often consumed as a late supper or before a main course. Broa (Corn Bread) is also typical of Minho province. At New Year they are eaten after midnight.

Other traditions:

  • Money in your pocket to attract richness for the New Year;

  • Wear blue slippers/boxers/ panties to attract good fortune and harmony;

  • Step down from a chair with your right foot, so the New Year will be a positive one;

  • Banging pots and pans, so the bad spirits go away.


King Cake is done in parts of the US also, mostly New Orleans I think. I think they still do the toy here as well.


Agora eu quero comer Bolo-Rei.


Obrigada! We spend New Year's in Bahia every year, and always wear white. I did not know this tradition involving other colors.


Thanks for the cultural lesson! Very kind of you to type that out


We took that "education trip" to Rio de Janeiro last year. There were more than a million people wearing white clothes at Copacabana beach.

vivisaurus is 100% right (:-)

No ano passado nós fazemos esta "viagem de educação" ao Rio de Janeiro. Fomos mais de um milion gente com roupas brancas na praia da Copacabana.


I got to have this same experience in 2006/07. New Years at Copacabana was crazy! My friends and I all wore white, with shirts that said "Reveillón 2007". We watched the fireworks and then wandered through the crowd all night. A great memory.


i just cannot wait to impress with my portuguese knowledge by using this sentece


This sound quite funny! You must be really into Portuguese ;)


Could significa also mean significant. As in the problem is significant or that person is significant. I.e. holds a lot of meaning/value


"Significa" is a verb, from "significar" (base form). "Significant" is usually translated as "importante, significativo, relevante, expressivo, forte, significante, considerável".


I think "significar = to mean/to signify ..." is an infinitive form, not a base form: http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/parts-of-speech/verbs/infinitive-verb.html.



Yes, in Portuguese, the base form is infinitive =)


@Paulenrique, I've only got to know Portuguese Personal Infinitive today, it's different from the Infinitive you were referring to, right?

Thanks. 08/03/2017


Yes, infinitive is the base form of the base (on a Portuguese perspective). Howeverm personal infitnitive is used in certain circumstances...


interesting, i love learning new things through the comments,

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