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...
Brazilian Natural World Impress a Brazilian with this Mother Nature information. Be the well read person at the dinner party! Brazil’s natural environment has 6 different biomes or ecosystems. Get your studious cap on and learn some information below: Amazon Rainforest Ecosystem Being the largest Brazilian biome and the largest reserve of biological diversity in the world, the Amazon rainforest biome corresponds...
What is Xingu? Xingu has many connotations. There exists a Xingu Indigenous Park, which is legal Indigenous land (established in 1961) and Xingu peoples live there (for centuries). The park is in the north east of the state of Mato Grosso, in the south of the Amazon biome. We wrote about biomes too, read here. The park's official purposes are to protect...
What is Pirarucu? The sustainable handling of Pirarucu or Arapaima, a native Brazilian fish that weighs up to 200 kilos and is more than 2 meters long is developing increasingly. It is taking place in 7 extractive reserves supervised by the respected Chico Mendes Institute, and the Brazilian federal government in the northern states of Amazonas and Acre. The activity benefits...
Learn about Music, Costumes, Extravagance and the Spirit of Brazilian Carnival The anthropologist and journalist Haroldo Costa states in the introduction of his book 100 years of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro: "The Carioca carnival is one of the most legitimate expressions of the Brazilian way of being. So much so that, escaping from the geographic sphere of our city, its transformation...
Artisanal handicrafts are a culture thing! The diverse nature of Brazilian culture has resulted in unique, innovative and wonderful art characterized by the mixture or prominence of Indigenous, African or European influences. Not a lot of people know this, but Brazil has also experienced great influxes of immigrants from Japan and the Middle East. In the complex, modern, contemporary...

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