History of Brazilian Wish Bracelets
Bahia Bands have been around for a very long time. Fitas, or Bonfim Ribbons as they were originally called were silk and the writings on them were done by hand with ink or silver. They were worn on the neck as a necklace, upon which were hung medallions and holy images.
Today, ribbons are still worn but the tradition of tying the Bahia Bands on the church gates and wearing them for luck has lived on! People all over the world celebrate the Bahia Band tradition! Ribbons are mostly worn around the wrist or ankle, but they are more than just an accessory...
The Wish Bracelet Tradition
Worn by generations and generations, Bahia ribbons are a symbol of faith and good luck! The Bahia Bands are more than just a fashion accessory, they are a good luck charm (this is similar to the decenarios bracelet). The writing on the ribbon says ”Lembrança do Senhor do Bonfim da Bahia”, or in remembrance of the savior of Bahia, or Souvenir from the God of Bahia.
How to Adhere to the Tradition
Wrap the wish ribbon around the wrist, and make 3 knots, making a wish for each of the 3 knots tied. Once the Brazilian Wish Bracelet falls off the wrist on its own, it is believed that the 3 wishes will come true.
Now this Brazilian tradition is available to you. Bahia Bands are also used as good luck charms on hats, in home decor and even on backpacks. It doesn't hurt to keep your dreams alive with a constant reminder of your dreams and goals.
At the church, every square inch is covered with wish ribbons.
The Church of Senhor do Bonfim
Nosso Senhor do Bonfim, Salvador da Bahia’s most important house of worship, has a reputation of granting miracles.
Built in the 18th century, Senhor do Bonfim became a place of convergence for the African and Catholic faiths, an inevitable intersection and intertwining of religious beliefs based on the cultural mix of the state of Bahia
Senhor do Bonfim became guardian of the city, provider of miracles and granter of wishes. The African deity Oxala and Jesus became one, and Salvadorans annually celebrate this supreme protector in the Feast of Bonfim.