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Learn about brazilian holidays and culture analysis. Brazilians like to celebrate life and there are a lot of official and unofficial holidays.

Mother's Day Origin In fact, Mother's Day does not have a commercial origin. From ancient Greece, there were celebrations at the entrance of spring in honor of Reia, mother of Zeus and considered the matriarch of all the gods. From the Old Age there are reports of rituals and festivals around maternal mythological figures and phenomena such as fertility. In...
Have you ever heard that Brazilians are always late? Well, with the Brazilian spirit in mind, enjoy this late Thanksgiving post. In Brazil we don't necessarily celebrate a Thanksgiving holiday as it is understood by those who treasure the holiday in the North. Brazilians do have a harvest festival though, it is called festa Junina. This celebration happens in...
Carnival blocks, what? They can be categorised as groups of people who go to the streets throughout Carnival season in a more or less organised way. In Brazilian Portuguese this would be called, "Blocos de Carnaval". How do Carnival street parties work? Generally, the carnival blocks follow predefined urban paths (main streets and avenues in the cities). They are popular and very...
Olodum what? From Bahia in 1979, an Afro-Brazilian carnival group in Salvador created what is now the well-known Olodum Band. "Banda" Olodum is a cultural group, a non-governmental organization (NGO) of public utility recognized by the state government of Bahia. Think of a movement that is grassroots in nature, totally cultural and not-for-profit – this is IT! After their carnival debut of...

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