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Brazilian Festivals and Events

January 1: Año Nuevo (New Year's Day)



January: Festival of Lavagem do Bonfim - Taking place the second Thursday annually in Río, this 10 kilometer procession is a traditional celebration with thousands attending every year.



February to March: Carnaval (and Holy Week)- Taking place 40 days before Easter. Though this celebration takes place all over the country, the most famous location is Rio de Janeiro where the entire population is involved including the many visitors flocking to Rio to experience it for themselves. The festival includes parades and parties all over town.



April: Anniversary of the city of Meceió accmonpanied by music, dance, food, and more.



April 21: Death of Tiradentes - This national holiday recognizes the Tiradentes who fought for Brazilian independence in the eighteenth century.



May 1: Labor Day



May: Ponta Negra's Music Festival celebrated in Manaus



May: Divine's Feast in Florianopolis - Taking place 40 days after Easter, there is a large procession with much music and food.



June: Amazonas Folklore Festival in Manaus



June 29: Sao Pedro Fluvial Festival



June 13-30: Bumba-meu-boi in Sao Luis- This event is a traditional retelling of stories with music, dance, theater, bonfires, and impressive costumes. Fun for visitors and locals alike!



July: Winter Festial in Ouro Preto - All enjoy lots of music and theater, dance, as well as several art workshops.



September 7: Independence Day



October 12: Our Lad of Aparecida - Holiday to celebrate the patron saint of Brazil.



October 24: Anniversary of the city of Manaus, a popular traditional festival.



November 2: All Souls Day



November 15: Proclamation of the Republic of Brazil



December to March: Salvador da Bahia is very active during this time with many folklore celebrations, great food and drink, and lively music and dance. This exciting season in Salvador generally lasts all the way into March covering its most popular summer months.



December 25: Christmas Day

December 31: New Year's Eve - This is an especially exceptional celebration in Rio de Janeiro which involves nearly the entire population. Growing every year the party located on the famous Copacabana Beach is joined by musical artists, fireworks, and wild excitement. Another exciting New Year's celebration takes place on the beaches of Olinda.