BrazilCountry Report-Part 2 By Jessica Jefferson History 141
Culture Brazil has a very rich culture with influences from a large variety of different ethic groups and other countries. Immigration during the 19th and 20th centuries broughtPortuguese, Africans, Italians, Germans, Arabs and Japanese to live along side the natives.Portuguese is the official language spoken there, along with 180 different indigenous languages of the natives.
CuisineJust as races and languages are abundant due to thediversity of Brazil’s people, so are the different types offood. The Feijoada, a dish made with salted pork andblack beans, is the countries national dish. ABrigadeiro is a chocolateBonbon served commonlyAt birthday parties.
Art In 1816 the French ArtisticMission created the ImperialAcademy of Fine Arts settingthe stage for a revolution of the arts in Brazil. Under Emperor Don Pedro II the Academy peaked with the famous romantic painters Victor Meirelles and Pedro Americo at its forefront.
MusicBrazil is famous for its diversity in music. Thesamba, bossa nova, maracatu and frevo are justa few of the well known styles to have emergedthere. The samba is the most popular style ofthe nation, filled with African rhythms and novelinstruments.
Brazilian Carnival A very famous aspect of Brazilian culture is theCarnival, happening annually 46 days before Easter. Its roots are Christian/Catholic mixedwith a pagan festival calledSaturnalia. Carnival is huge for Brazil. 70% of thecountries tourism and 80%of its beer consumption can be attributed to this celebration.