Social Program:

April 23:19:30 - 21:30 Welcome reception. Location: Jurerê Beach Village Hotel, Zé Perry Restaurant.
April 24: 19:30 - 20:30 Music and dance presentation. Location Jurerê Beach Village Hotel, Hall.
April 25: 19:30 - 22:00 Gala dinner: Location: Jurerê Beach Village Hotel, Boulevard Restaurant.

Music and Dance Presentation: "Boi-de-mamão", Santo Antonio de Lisboa Group


The Boi-de-mamão (a direct translation is "papaia-ox") is an expressive folkloric manifestation typical of the coast of the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil. It has a comic tone, but with a dramatic central element: the death and resurrection of the ox.


There is no consensus among researchers as to the exact origin of the Boi-de-mamão , probably because there are multiple origins and influences in this tradition.

According to some surveys, the first official record citing the "boi de mamão" dates back to 1870, recorded by José Boiteux from Santa Catarina in his 1930 book "Águas Passadas".

Many practitioners of the "boi de mamão" in Santa Catarina believe that the tradition originated in the Azorean culture, brought by immigrants from the Azores Islands who colonized Santa Catarina in the eighteenth century, though there are no historical records of similar games to the "boi de mamão" on these Portuguese islands. However, there is no doubt that the culture maintained by the Azorean descendants in Santa Catarina contributed to the development of the "boi de mamão", for example, in aesthetics and musicality. There are also studies that say that immigrants from northeastern Brazil brought the tradition. Other researchers also say that the culture of the papaya has arrived on the island of Santa Catarina with the Spaniards.

It is a fact that popular jokes, of which the bull (alive or of fantasy) is the main character are traditional throughout the Iberian Peninsula and date much before the Modern Age, which must have contributed for the creation of "boi de mamão" by European immigrants in Santa Catarina or at least in the assimilation of the northeastern "bumba-meu-boi" by the Iberian immigrants and their descendants in the state.

The current practice

Currently, "boi de mamão" is staged by consolidated groups or temporary groups, such as those developed each year in various schools in the Santa Catarina coast, organized by the teachers and presented by the children, especially in the days of the "Festas Juninas" (June festivities) and Folklore Day. In Florianópolis, the "Municipal Day of the Boi de Mamão" was established by law in 2016,

Among the consolidated groups, which maintain history and tradition in the presentation of the "boi de mamão", there are several and their acting have varied over time. The "Santo Antonio de Lisboa" group is from one of the most important traditional regions of the Santa Catarina island.


The "boi de mamão" naturally uses volunteers to carry out the feast, and these are put under the costumes, which are made of a metal or wood frame and cloth. In ancient times they also used carcasses of animals in costumes, such as skulls. There are several characters, but there are variations in each group of "boi de mamão", but the main ones are:

  • "boi de mamão" central figure of the party, which dies and is reborn.
  • The owner of the ox:usually called Matthew, seeks the help of other characters to resurrect the ox.
  • Vultures or crows: try to eat the dead ox, but are scared by other characters.
  • Doctor and / or healer and / or healer:resuscitate the ox
  • Rider and his horse: bind the resurrected ox and take it away, removing it from the scene.
  • Bernunca (or benuncia) and her cub:a kind of dragon or bogeyman that swallows everything that lies ahead.
  • Maricota:a very tall and usually blonde woman, who twirls and shakes her long arms, intentionally reaching the audience.