If you’ve seen me or a photo of me in the past 2 years, you have seen the bright blue string tied to my left wrist. Well, it finally fell off and that is because my prayers came true.
- Basically, you must be given the bracelet as a gift which originates from the Senhor do Bonfim church in Brazil.
- It is typically worn on the left, wrapped twice and tied/knotted three times, symbolizing three wishes. They come in a million colors and have “Senhor do Bonfim” printed along them in black. The material is a nylon-ish thin fabric that seems to only get stronger once the flat bracelet rolls up into a steel cable on your wrist!
- You have to wear it until it falls off or you risk bad luck! So this is for someone who is serious about their wishes! Some people say you must then throw it into the ocean once it falls off.
So, traditionally you are not supposed to buy one for yourself. Mine was a gift from Stephanie who had brought back some from her many trips to Brazil. I remember she was wearing one (the same blue color) when I met her years before. After asking her about it, she asked me if I wanted one and I told her that I had everything that I wanted. Years later and many life changes later, I asked her for the bracelet.
Stephanie tied it on in August of 2011. My prayer finally came true in October of 2013. It was a prayer long in the making because it had to do with meeting the love of my life and that happened within a month of putting on the bracelet. The whole prayer though was to find the love of my life who would become my husband. Very specifically, a partner who knew how to be kind to me and care for me in ways I was unable to ask for.
Life is pretty good these days.
If you aren’t going to Brazil any time soon but you or a friend would like to participate in the tradition, there are many online companies who sell the bracelets. One is called Bahia Bands. Stephanie said they cost her pennies in Brazil but the online sites sell them for around $5 a piece!
Thank you, Stephanie!
(Here is travel blogger, Chelsea Schmidt, of 2Backpackers.com who explains Senhor do Bonfim Wish Ribbons in detail.)
(photo from our Paris Wedding Photo Shoot by Catherine O’hara Photography)