Brazil HolidaysJan 16th 2015

Brazil Holidays
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New Year's Day (December 31 - January 1) Ano Novo (Portuguese) known as Reveillon is celebrated in the entire county. The Tradition is wearing white to bring in peace and prosperity. In with the new and being right on the beach. New Year's in Rio de Janeiro is one of the most famous celebrations in the country - up to 2 million people gather to revel in an all night and all day party. If you want to join in the fun and frolics of Rio on New Year's Eve, take yourself off to Copacabana beach where you can join in with some of the best fireworks and live music as well as Candomblé religious ceremonies.

Lavagem do Senhor do Bonfim (3rd Thursday in January)This Brazilian event constitutes as one of the most significant. In Salvador, Bahia, this is The walk to the Igreja do Senhor do Bonfim. Thousands take the faithful walk every year.The procession begins with the Bahia locals, with their opulent, immaculate white dresses and their cups full of perfume, which are spilled in the church and on the heads of the followers who accompany the procession.

Celebration of Yemanjá, the Goddess of the Sea, Salvador. (February 2) Devotees throughout Brazil offer flowers, perfumes, and jewelry to the seas. Celebrations take place on the beach with music and food. The largest celebration takes place in Salvador, Rio Vermelho area.

Carnaval (late February - early March) 1 week of party celebration up to Ash Wednesday. Carnaval takes place all over the country. The most famous festivities are in Rio, Salvador, Recife, Minas Gerais, Florianópolis. Tourist should keep in mind that these days are public holidays all over Brazil.

Good Friday (March/April)

Easter Sunday (March/April)

Tiradentes Day (April 21) Tiradentes Day in Brazil commemorates the execution of Brazilian national hero Joaquim Jose da Silva Xavier - a co-conspirator in the 1789 revolt against the Portuguese.

Discovery Day (April 22) Commemorates the day in 1500 on which Brazil is said to have been discovered by Pedro Alvarez Cabral.

Labor Day (May 1)

Corpus Christi, June 10

Festas Juninas. São João (June 13-June14)This folklore event in honor of saints Anthony, John, and Peter. The Brazilian country life side brings in a celebration of small towns and rural life. Travel inland as each small town festival offers country music, musica “setaneja” bonfires, hot-air balloons, kites, country food.

Independence Day (September 7) Brazil's independence from Portugal September 7, 1822. Parades all around the country.

Our Lady of Aparecida Day (October 12) Dedicated to Nossa Senhora de Aperecida is the patron saint of Brazil. Also Children’s day.

All Souls' Day (November 2) or Dia de Finados, commemorates the faithful departed.

Republic Day (November 15) Almost ironically, Republic Day is celebrated in Brazil to commemorate the day in 1889 when Dom Pedro - was removed from power.

Christmas (December 25)Christmas in Brazil officially starts on December 24, also a half-day holiday.

Mass is usually followed by a late-night supper with family. December 24.


Article by: Virna Souza [BrazilChicago]

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