BIG PARTIES
Brazil is internationally known for its popular feasts such as the New Year, Carnival, or June Feasts. These enthusiastic celebrations, which combine singing, music and much dance, attract millions of foreign tourists to the country every year. In them, it is almost impossible to remain as a mere spectator – everyone participates, everyone plays along. Accept this invitation and come celebrate life in Brazil. Those who visit, become fans.

Carnival (40 days before Easter)
The joy of the carioca (Rio de Janeiro citizens) is contagious on those who visit Rio to participate in the Carnival – regardless of their origin. It calls on everyone to move their feet, let their arms loose, let their eyes shine and fully participate in this feast. Be it in Samba schools, on Avenida Marques de Sapucaí, or in the street blocks, the order is one: fun.
In Salvador, Bahia State, the Carnival effectively begins in December, with the opening of the celebrations by the Conceição Beach feast. But it is in February that the merrymakers of all ages fill up the capital of Bahia, animated by sound trailers – large and colourfully decorated trucks equipped with powerful loudspeakers, from where singers sing and make people dance.
In the state of Pernambuco, we have the Olinda and Recife carnivals. Frevo dance emerged from this location, one of the most enticing rhythms of the nation. For a week, people go out on the streets in costumes and dance frenetically, next to traditional giant dolls and maracatus.
In São Paulo, the Carnival had been formerly a party restricted to ballrooms. Overtime, it conquered the streets, following the influences of the Rio de Janeiro Samba Schools.

New Year (31DEC)
New Year throughout Brazil is one of the most majestic and democratic feasts. People of all ethnic groups, social classes and creed forget their differences and embrace together the new year.
In the city of Rio de Janeiro, this celebration is quite exciting. There is homage paid to Iemanja, Queen of the Sea. There are those who jump waves to attract good fortune in the new year. People celebrate together, illuminated by a huge fireworks event that decorates the skies of the Marvelous City at midnight.

Micaretas – out of season carnivals. Created in the city of Feira de Santana, Bahia unpleased with the carnival, which did not take place that year due to heavy rainstorms. It was so successful that it became a national mania. Since the 1990’s, many Micaretas take place in many capitals of Brazilian cities, almost throughout the year.

Bumba-meu-boi of Maranhão – one of the most traditional merriments of Brazil, bumba-meu-boi is a vehicle staging a combination of theatre, dance, music and circus. It is a very popular feast in São Luís, capital of the State of Maranhão, also taking place in June.