Comparison of differences in religion between Portuguese
and U.S. majority cultures
| Roman Catholicism
is the declared predominant religion. However, many other
religions are represented in the country. Godparents (padrinhos)
have special connections to the sponsored child and family. Azoreans are deeply devout and have
their own religious traditions within the Catholic religion.
The most important Azorean religious tradition is the
Festival. (Library of Congress, n.d.) The largest celebration
in New England is Grande Festas do Divino Espírito Santo
(n.d.)In California The Holy Ghost Festas (The
Portuguese-American. . . , n.d.) is another example.
is the predominant religion. Many religions are represented
in the United States with services conducted in a variety
are often displayed in public buildings, including public
||There is separation
between Church and State. Religious symbols are not displayed
in public buildings, including public schools.
feel obligated to take children to religious observations
in the homeland during school time.
generally not miss school to attend religious observations.
|There is freedom
of religion. However, religious celebrations may influence
or be associated with certain areas of teaching. Classrooms
may display religious symbols such as the cross.
not interfere with teaching in the public school setting.