Holidays in Brazil

Brazilian Holidays and Festivals

Brazilians love a party. Celebrations of all types are just part of of the rhythm of life, and are the foundation of Brazilian culture. The celebrations can also be much more elaborated than Carnival anywhere, and you can notice the friendly ambience and merry characteristics of the locals. Besides the country’s animated festivals and celebrations, Brazil has numerous traditions, from sports to dance to religious rites.

The holidays herein mentioned are religious, or bear religious connotations, draw from the predominant religions, Catholicism and Candomble.

DATE

HOLIDAY/FESTIVAL NAME

OBSERVANCE

Jan 1

New Year’s Day

The offerings to Iemanjá (Brazilian goddess of the sea Festival on Feb 2)

National holiday

Observance, Candomble

Jan 6

Folia de Reis (Epiphany)

Observance, Christian

Feb/Mar

Carnival

Observance

Feb/Mar

Carnival (Shrove Tuesday)

National holiday

Feb/Mar

Carnival (Ash Wedneday)

Observance, Christian

Mar/Apr

Sexta-Feira da Paixão (Good Friday)

National holiday

Mar/Apr

Páscoa (Easter Day)

National Holiday

Apr 21

Tiradentes (Brazilian Martyr for National Independence)

Brasília’s anniversary (Brasília is the capital of Brazil)

National Holiday

May 1

Labour Day (History)

National Holiday

May

Cavalhadas (Horse Riding Parade)

Southern, Southeastern and Middle-western cities

May/Jun

The Day of Pentecost

Folia do Divino Espírito Santo (Cult of the Holy Spirit)

Observance, Christian

Jun 12

Valentine’s Day

Observance

Jun

Festival Folclórico de Parintins (Parintins Folklore Festival)

Parintins, AM

Jun

Corpus Christi Day

National holiday

Jun/Jul

Festa Junina (June Party) (Video)

Observance, Christian

Jun/Jul

Boi-Bumbá (Video)

Maranhão

May/Nov

Festa do Peão de Boiadeiro (Rodeio Festivals)

Observance

Aug 25

Festa do Peão de Boiadeiro de Barretos (Rodeo Festival)

Barretos, SP

Sep 7

Independence Day (History) (a version of Brazilian National Anthem in many music styles)

National holiday

Oct

Octoberfest (Video)

Blumenau, SC

Oct 12

Our Lady Aparecida

National holiday

Oct 14

Círio de Nazaré (Wax Candle of Nazaré)

Observance, Christian

Nov 2

All Souls’ Day

National holiday

Nov 15

Republic Proclamation (History)

National holiday

Dec 24

Véspera de Natal (Christmas Eve)

Observance, Christian

Dec 25

Natal (Christmas)

National holiday

Dec 31

Véspera de Ano Novo (New Year’s Eve)

Observance

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