Yearly events in Brazil


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January. Most of the upper class will escape somewhere on holyday as this is the vacation month for schools and government offices. Buzios, Ilha Grande, Paraty, Porto Seguro, Morro de Sao Paulo, Fernando de Noronha, Florianopolis and Ilhabe bela the top-notch destinations.
In Rio de Janeiro the samba school rehearsals are worming up and Salvador da Bahia is exploding!

February means Carnival. In Rio de Janeiro you can see the most luxurious performances, whilst in Salvador da Bahia you get the largest party in the street of the world!!! For one week millions of people partying, drinking eating...and loving! In Salvador da Bahia Yemanja Feast is one of the Candomble's most important festivals. A big maritime procession offers flowers and presents to Yemanja, the Mae and Rainha das Aguas (Mother and Queen of the Waters). It's celebrated on 2nd of February in Rio Vermelho and is accompanied by trios eletricos.

March. In Porto Seguro there is the first micareta of the year (off-season carnival) called "Carnaporto". www.axemoifolia.com.br

Soon after the carnival in Salvador da Bahia many people, still on holyday, go to the nearby islands like Morro de Sao Paulo for the "ressaca" of carnival (backwash) turning them in party paradise.

April. Semana Santa, the week before Easter, in March or April. Brazilians tend to take the whole week off so get-away destinations packed. In Rio de Janeiro there is Skol Beats party, an international music festival sponsored by Skol, the beer brand.
www.skolbeats.com.br

Whilst in Bahia there is the Micareta of Feira de Santana.
www.feiradesantana.ba.gov.br

Near Sao Paulo there is Carnabeirao, micareta in Ribeirao Preto- Sp.
www.carnabeirao.com.br

In Vittoria da conquista there is Miconquista, another micareta. www.miconquista.com.br

May. 1st of May Labor day. Some large parties may be sponsored from the government.

June. Festa Junina, 22th - 24th, for many people better then carnival. People are more relaxed to enjoy, everybody dresses like a hick and go in the street dancing forro'. It is the countryside folk feast of the brazilian Northeast (Bahia, Ceara'- Campina Grande, Pernambuco, Maranhão) . São João is a harvest festival, and in a sense it feels a lot more like Christmas than Brazil's "real" Christmas (or Natal). This is because it's a family-and-friends gathering, the tradition being to head into the interior, to the pequena cidade (small town) one or one's family hails from. There are plenty of towns, like Amargosa in Bahia, promoting parties in June -- putting on shows and hosting quadrilhas (square dancing) for the general pubic offering rivers of genipapo (local liqueur) dropped until you can get it.

Parintins Festival on the last three days of June, a unique kind of bumba-meu-boi, takes place in Parintins, Amazonas. The city is divided in support for two bois, or "oxen", meaning the folk groups that enact the festival - Caprichoso (blue) and Garantido (red). Involvement is so great people paint their houses in blue or red to express their passion.

July. Independence Feast. On July the 2nd there is another reason to party. Mid-year school vacation month. Get away destinations packed. In Fortaleza there is a micareta called Fortal. www.fortal.com.br

Check out raves and beach party all over Brazil.
www.baladaplanet.com.br

At the end of July there is Festival fora do tempo in Maranhão.
www.festivalforadotempo.art.br

August. Micareta in Brasilia Micarecandanga.
www.carnasite.com.br

September. Terefantasy, the biggest costume party in Brazil (other then carnival). Held in Teresopolis, one hour from Rio. Get ticket in advance.
www.terefantasy.com.br

October. Marafolia is the micareta held every year in São Luís, the island capital of Maranhão. It brings thousands of tourists to Maranhão every year. In Brazil, Marafolia travel packages often include tours of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park and Alcântara.
www.marafolia.com.br

Oktoberfest. In Blumenao, Santa Caterina.
www.clicrbs.com.br

Check out the micareta in Recife.
www.maismicareta.com.br

November. Micareta in Belem.
www.parafolia.com.br

Check out micareta in Maceio.
www.carnasite.com.br

December. NYE in Rio de Janeiro offers the biggest free party on the beach. Salvador da Bahia as well offers free concerts, fireworks and beaches full of people dancing and drinking. If you like psyculture nye in Brazil means UP: universo paralello.
www.universoparalello.art.br

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