Brazilian Events


When someone says ‘events in Brazil’, you think of Brazil’s Carnival
. That’s natural, since it’s one of the world’s major events, never mind Brazil or even Latin America. Nonetheless, in a continent-sized country renowned for its penchant for partying, and where almost half the population is Catholic, it shouldn’t take anyone by surprise to learn that Brazil is full of carnivals, festivals, holidays and general revelry throughout the year.

=> Oh, and then there’s the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil and the Summer Olympics in 2016...

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The Magical Carnival in RioStarting chronologically, one of the biggest and best parties in Brazil’s calendar is New Year’s Day. Sure, you’ve heard it’s good in London and New York but there’s really only one definitive party to be had, and that’s in Rio de Janeiro. The party goes on all day and all night on Copacobana beach, with fireworks, music and that inimitable Brazilian flavour.

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On the 3rd Thursday of every January, the Washing of the Steps of Bonfim Church takes place in Salvador. This is an extremely important event in Brazil that involves hundreds of women in typical Bahian dress carrying perfumed water to wash the steps of the church. It’s an extremely busy time of year for the area, and the event, deeply religious in its meaning, can attract almost 100,00 people.
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The Bonfim Festival in Salvador de BahiaOn the 20th of January the people of Rio de Janeiro are in full-partying mode, celebrating the founding of the city (do they ever stop partying?!), while on the 25th the party torch is passed to Sao Paulo, and it’s their turn then to engage in some non-stop celebration.

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The next big event, taking place in late February through to early March, is the infamous Rio Carnival. It should be noted that carnivals take place all over the country, and are not just restricted to Rio, but of course if you say you’re going to Carnival in Brazil, you’re only going to disappoint your audiences if you let it slip it that it’s not the one they’re thinking of. Still, if you’re a veteran and want to try something new, the Carnivals of Salvador de Bahia and Sao Paolo are worth a visit.
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On April 21st every year Brazilians celebrate Tiradentes Day. It’s a day that commemorates the execution of the Brazilian national hero Joaquim Jose da Silva Xavier. Though celebrations aren’t as raucous as other times, it’s still a nice day in Brazil to reflect on history and, of course, have a day off.

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On June the 10th there’s another holiday, Corpus Christi, during which processions and religious celebrations are common, especially among the country’s smaller villages.

Brazilian independence came on September the 7th, 1822, and the country’s bigger cities celebrate with a day off, lots of national pride and a considerable amount of partying. In Brasilia there’s a huge military display at the Ministries Esplenade.

Christmas in Brazil is known as Feliz Natal and, like in the rest of South America, officially begins on the 24th of December. It’s extremely hot at this time of year, so be warned if you’re planning to dust off your old Santa costume. You will sweat.

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=> Also check our Listings of Festivals in Brazil
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