I was watching a tv show in which a woman mentioned a word that is used in Brazil that she described as 'sadness at happy memories' ... I was intrigued, as people in Brazil speak Portuguese, and my late, beloved godmother was Portuguese, so - I looked it up. And what the ever-popular Wikipedia told me (sorry, all my encyclopedias are in storage) - well, see for yourself. Know me, know the updated name for my blog:
Saudade (European Portuguese: [sɐwˈðaðɨ], Brazilian Portuguese: [sawˈdadi] or [sawˈdadʒi], Galician: [sawˈðaðe]; plural saudades)
is a unique Galician-Portuguese word that has no immediate translation
in English. Saudade describes a deep emotional state of nostalgic
longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. It often
carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never
return. It's related to the feelings of longing, yearning.
Saudade has been described as a "...vague and constant desire for
something that does not and probably cannot exist ... a turning towards
the past or towards the future."
A stronger form of saudade may be felt towards people and things whose
whereabouts are unknown, such as a lost lover, or a family member who
has gone missing. It may also be translated as a deep longing or
yearning for something that does not exist or is unattainable.
Saudade was once described as "the love that remains" after someone
is gone. Saudade is the recollection of feelings, experiences, places or
events that once brought excitement, pleasure, well-being, which now
triggers the senses and makes one live again. It can be described as an
emptiness, like someone (e.g., one's children, parents, sibling,
grandparents, friends, pets) or something (e.g., places, things one used
to do in childhood, or other activities performed in the past) should
be there in a particular moment is missing, and the individual feels
this absence. In Portuguese, 'tenho saudades tuas', translates as 'I
have saudades of you' meaning 'I miss you', but carries a much
stronger tone. In fact, one can have 'saudades' of someone whom one is
with, but have some feeling of loss towards the past or the future.
In Brazil, the day of saudade is officially celebrated on January 30