Brazil officially the Federative Republic of Brazil is the largest country in both South America and the Latin American region.
The Capital of this country is Brasília and the largest city is São Paulo.
Christmas Celebrations in Brazil :
Brazil is a large country with a mix of people from many parts of the world, so they celebrate Christmas in many different ways. Christmas in Brazil is one of the most important “dia de festers” of the year. The Brazilian Constitution guarantees absolute freedom of religion. In Brazil 90% of the population declared themselves to be Roman Catholic. Today many Brazilians from every social and economic group participate in both Catholicism and Candomble. Christmas in Brazil is in summer season in fact it is the most hottest time of the year. Christmas Day on December 25 is a national holiday in Brazil.
A huge Christmas dinner includes turkey, ham, colored rice, and wonderful vegetables and fruit dishes. Christmas takes action mainly near midnight, usually with big family dinners, opening of gifts and the celebration of the “Missa do Galo” (the rooster’s mass) in churches throughout the nation.
One of the custom is to build wonderful “Christmas Scenes” called Pres pio or commonly known as a Nativity Scene. Decorations include fresh flowers picked from the garden. Fireworks go off in the skies over the cites and huge Christmas “trees” of electric lights can be seen against the night skies in major cities such as Brasilia, San Paolo, and Rio de Janeiro. In Brazil there is folk dancing and singing and the festivities go on until January 6th, which the Brazilians refer to as Three Kings Day. January 6th is supposed to be the day when three wise men visited Jesus to bring him gifts.
In the small cities in the entire country, as well as in the largest cities, like São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Salvador, Fortaleza, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Brasília, Manaus, Belém, Natal and Belo Horizonte, the celebrate the day in the best way they can.
Santa Claus is known as Papai Noel or Father Noel who is the gift-bringer in Brazil.
We wish all readers Merry Christmas 2016 & Prosperous New Year 2017 !!!