Festas Junianas –June Festivals in Brazil

The fact that Brazilians like to celebrate is commonly known everywhere. But which Brazilian Festivals, besides the famous Carnaval do you know?
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June 16, 2011 - PRLog -- In June the Brazilians celebrate three different festivals which had been brought to them by the Portuguese colonizers. During three days there are the catholic holidays of Saint Anthony, on June 13, Saint John the Baptist on June 24 and Saint Peter on June 29.
Those days are celebrated in many countries such as Spain, Portugal and many Latin American countries. Also in Scandinavia the traditional Midsummer celebrations are a big festivity in late June.
In Brazil the big day for partying is Saint John (24 of June) which is the most important and most celebrated nationwide. The festa Junina is also known to be traditionally celebrated on the day of St. Johns, which is also the beginning of the Brazilian winter.  The history of these celebrations dates back to the colonial period, where the Portuguese introduced the festivities during their colonalization of Brazil between the 1500’s to 1822.
The is typically celebrated the most in the Northeastern regions of Brazil. Here the celebrations have a rural character as the Saint John celebrations mark the end of the rainy season. The typical clothes worn at these celebrations are caipira –clothes (rural clothes) or saloias which represent  the traditional form of clothing  of inhabitants in rural areas in Brazil or Portugal.
So at a typical Brazilian “Festa Junina” you will come across men wearing straw hats and women wearing pigtails and red –checkered dresses with paint on their faces marked with freckles to give a tribute to the old Brazilian culture and of course country music.  Country music, also called forró, is the traditional music of the Northeast and cannot be missed at any June festivity.  But even more famous at a Festa Junina is the Quadrilha (Squaredance). In every region a different kind of Quadrilha is danced as also every region has its own traditions.
Despite the fact that this event has its origins in the rural areas of Brazil, today the festa de São João is very popular in all Brazilian  cities and they even compete about which town can celebrate the largest fiesta in the world.  A Northeastern town called Cauraru, in the state of Pernambuco is registered in the Guinness Book of Records for celebrating the "Biggest São João Festival in the World".
Another highlight of the June celebrations is the fireworks and pyrotechnics alongside the huge bonfires wherever you look.
Of course at a Brazilian Party, food can not be missed.  All kinds of corn dishes are traditionally a part of the celebrations, such as Canjica, Pamonha and Brazilian Cuscuz are among the most famous dishes served at the festivals. But also a lot of meat and vast quantities of cachaça is consumed during the two weeks of the June festivities.
For two of the most exciting cities of the June celebrations, LocalNomad offers great vacation rental deals http://www.localnomad-sao-paulo.com/en/. Whether you want to see the amazing fireworks and pyrotechnics in Rio de Janeiro or the famous celebrations of São João in Bahia, the LocalNomad Bahia agency is glad to help you.  São João in Bahia is a highlight of the June celebrations and last year more than 20.000 visitors came to see the festival. Porto Seguro in Bahia, where LocalNomad has a great selection of vacation houses http://www.localnomad-sao-paulo.com/en/, is also worth seeing for the festa de São João!
Source:Marie Sow
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