Honoring Our Heritage

by Amy L. Silva Rigtrup

Nostalgia, love and respect. These are the foundations at the origin of Mariano Silva's decision to become an undertaker in 1890. To serve, honor and cater to the needs of the Portuguese families he served. Even in the present day, we hold true to these values, with 80% of our business each year serving Portuguese families.

These same values are at the core of the comedy performed by The Portuguese Kids. They have taken their backgrounds growing up as the children of Azorean families that emigrated to America, combined with their uncanny ability to creatively recognize and recreate comedic scenarios that most anyone of Portuguese descent can relate to. The Portuguese Kids, all from Fall River, have brought their comedy to an international fan base both online and by touring with their live performances. We are very proud to learn that they have earned a nomination for Best Rap/Hip-Hop Performance by the International Portuguese Music Awards for their song, "The Portuguese Love to Party".


Today, I was joined by Albert Sardinha and Brian Martins, two members of The Portuguese Kids and Dionisio DaCosta, a local Portuguese singer/songwriter, to discuss Portuguese heritage, traditions and funeral customs. Dioniso sang two beautiful songs commonly heard at Portuguese funerals - one of which he wrote himself.

For more information on The Portuguese Kids, including upcoming events and new videos, visit their Facebook page HERE. You don't want to miss their upcoming "My Big Fat Portuguese Wedding" in Bristol, RI on March 20th.

Dioniso has recorded three albums, "Vai Ser Uma Festa", "Acredito" and "O Espirito e Vida". Any requests for purchase of his music can be made at Portugalia Marketplace, 489 Bedford St., Fall River, MA 02720

The Silva Lining is thankful for our wonderful sponsor, St. Anthony of Padua Credit Union. We are proud to be sponsored by such an incredible bank, that in an age of conglomerate banks treating people like numbers, maintains a relationship with its members based on trust, friendly service and loyalty. With competitive rates for savings accounts and various loans, St. Anthony of Padua can handle all of your financial needs. Convenient online banking and more information at www.stanthonyofpaduafcu.com