August is over, to the delight of many Brazilians. The eighth month of the year is infamously associated with bad luck in Brazil, in a country which takes its superstitions very seriously.
In some circles, August is nicknamed the “Month of the Mad Dog” because, apparently, Brazil’s climate in the middle of the year causes female dogs to be in heat, driving male dogs crazy. The bad luck, though, may date back to colonial times. August was traditionally the month where 15th and 16th century explorers would leave European shores to find new lands abroad, a risky business that many never returned from.