As we celebrate the importance of family this year, it was my intention to pay homage to my Portuguese heritage and display a fresh flower carpet created with over 1000 blooms, fresh moss, and a design that incorporates both tradition and modernity. Every year in our cities, towns, and villages, we take to the streets and create intricately designed flowers carpets that adorn them. It is a celebration of faith, community, and tradition; a tradition that incorporates the abundant beauty of our flora and fauna into our spiritual life. It is the marriage of nature, culture, and faith-the triad that links our past, present and future. I grew up being a part of this tradition, and they are memories I remember fondly. It is when I look back on these moments, that i realize I was born to work with nature, plants, and flowers. With the inspiration of my culture, the steadfast inspiration of my family, I present to you this year, “Festa na aldeia” an homage to our history and traditions.