Examples of festivals
the festivals are colorful and
beautiful and attract a great
number of people including visitors
from around the world. Each festival
has meaning for the people of Brazil.
where as others have special
spiritual or religious significance,
Each is unique and interesting
Círio De Nazaré:
Cirio de Nazare is an annual Catholic festival that honors the Virgin
of Nazareth. Nearly two million people travel to Belem to
participate in this event on the second Sunday in October. This
festival is known around the world as one of the largest and most
popular Catholic festivals in the world and in the country of Brazil.
The festival honors the person called Virgem de Nazare - legend
says she saved the life of a nobleman who had fallen from his
horse and that another time she saved a hunter's life as well. The
people of Portugal adored her, or her legend, and came up with
this festival in her honor.
Carnival Rio - one of the most secular festivals in Brazil:
The festival, Carnival Rio, is attended by a few million
people each year in Rio de Janeiro. It's one of the most
secular festivals in Brazil. It takes place during the 5 days
leading up to Ash Wednesday. There's dancing, music,
amazing floats, food, and drink not only in the city of Rio,
but throughout the country. Dance the Samba, listen to
all kinds of Brazilian music, and enjoy the seemingly neverending sights and sounds that is the Carnival. The days
spent celebrating this festival are considered national
holidays throughout Brazil.
Christmas of Light or Natal Luz
This November festival is the largest Christmas festival celebrated in
Brazil. It takes place in Gramado in Rio Grande do Sul. Attractions
include a musical dramatization of the Nativity story, otherwise
called Nativitaten. You'll also enjoy traditional food and drink, lights
everywhere, a parade during the evening hours, tree lighting event,
and a beautiful Christmas village.
Back in 1986, Eleazar de Carvalho, one of the most popular and
talented Brazilian conductors of the symphony, conducted an
amazing Christmas concert in Gramado. Since then, thousands of
Brazilians come from around the country to enjoy festival. One
interesting aspect of this Christmas festival is that the decorations
used for it are created from recycled soda bottles that school
children collect throughout the year!
Festa de Iemanjá
Festa de Sao Benedito or Festival of
Dia das Criancas
Festa da Lapinha ou de Reis