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Isadora Caruso

SEO Content Coordinator at Rio & Learn Portuguese School. She was seven month Rio & Learn Online Courses Academic Coordinator and our A Dica do Dia blog Coordinator for two years and a half. Fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish, and with elementary proficiency in Chinese, she is a versatile communicator and a strategic asset to global teams.
our lady of aparecida: every october 12 is our lady aparecida holiday in brazil

Our Lady of Aparecida

Hi there! Do you know why we have a holiday on October 12 in Brazil? It is the day of Our Lady of Aparecida, the patron saint of Brazil, and this Dica do Dia will explain a little about this popular holiday and the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida. You’re also going to learn about the prayer for Our Lady of Aparecida, the miracles she performed and interesting facts! Did you know that this religious holiday has a special connection with children? Let’s learn Portuguese and get to know all about this October 12 holiday in Brazil! Who Was Our Lady of Aparecida? October 12 is a Brazilian holiday and today we’ll teach you all about it. Our Lady of Aparecida is the affectionate name that Brazilians have for Nossa Senhora da Conceição, the patron saint of Brazil. She’s called Aparecida (appeared) because there are several reports of apparitions of Our Lady of the Conception in moments of difficulty, and because of her first miracle for the fishermen. Want to know what Our Lady of Aparecida has to do with the fishermen? We’ll tell you the story. In 1717 three fishermen were fishing with no luck. They were fishing for hours and they couldn’t catch a single fish. When they were about to give up and leave, they decided to try just one last time. When they threw the net for the last time, do you know what they found? Evidently, a piece of an idol of Our Lady of Aparecida. After they pulled in the tiny idol of the saint, they cast their nets again and caught so many fish! This was the first of many Our Lady of Aparecida miracles yet to come. She then became a symbol of Catholicism and the Saint of Miracles. When is it Celebrated? Our Lady of Aparecida has her own day in Brazil and this is October 12th. The day of Our Lady of Aparecida patroness of Brazil was celebrated on several different dates, but in 1953 the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil decided that the celebrations would all be made on the 12th of October. This date was chosen in relation to the day of the ‘Discovery’ of America. Hence, in 1980, the date became a national holiday. Want to know more about Brazilian holidays? Come study Portuguese in Brazil with us or have online classes and you’ll learn everything you want and need about this beautiful country. How do Brazilians Celebrate this Holiday? It is very common for Brazilians from all regions of the country to travel to the city of Aparecida in São Paulo on October 12th. There you can find the Basilica of National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, the largest Catholic church in Brazil and the second largest in the world. Usually Brazilians go there to fulfill vows made during the year, to make new requests to Our Lady, and, of course, to make a tour around the sanctuary. It is very common for Brazilians to tie ribbons in the church and make wishes for miracles they want her to perform. People also light candles to ask for whatever they need, and to make specific prayers to this saint. Our Lady of Aparecida Miracles Among the known miracles of Nossa Senhora Aparecida is the liberation of the slave Zacarias. Nossa Senhora Aparecida appeared at a sad moment in the history of Brazil: during the period of slavery, when the black people suffered at the hands of the landowners. The “Black Mother” as she became known, came to teach a lesson in life and love to others. According to the story, the slave Zacarias fled a farm and was later found and arrested. On the way back, he passed by the chapel that had been built for the image of this virgin and the enslaved man asked to pray. At this moment his chains miraculously broke, freeing him. Faced with this miracle, the guard eventually released him. Our Lady of Aparecida Prayer Finally, let’s learn about the Our Lady of Aparecida prayer. People particularly pray the novena, a prayer divided over 9 days. Take a look at part of the special prayer to this beloved virgin: “Virgem puríssima, concebida sem pecado, e desde aquele primeiro instante toda bela e sem mancha, gloriosa Maria, cheia de graça, Mãe de meu Deus, Rainha dos anjos e dos homens: eu vos saúdo humildemente como Mãe do meu Salvador, que com aquela estima, respeito e submissão, com que vos tratava, me ensinou quais sejam as honras e a veneração que eu devo prestar-vos; dignai-vos, eu vô-lo rogo, de receber as que nesta Novena vos consagro. Vós sois o seguro asilo dos pecadores penitentes, e assim tenho razão para recorrer a vós; sois Mãe de misericórdia, e por este título não podeis deixar de enternecer-vos à vista das minhas misérias; sois depois de Jesus Cristo toda a minha esperança, e por esta razão não podereis deixar de reconhecer a terna confiança que tenho em vós; fazei-me digno de chamar-me vosso filho, para que possa confiadamente dizer-vos: mostrai que sois nossa Mãe!” Our Lady Aparecida Facts Let’s dive now into 7 interesting facts about Our Lady Aparecida! 1) Small and Dark: The statue of Our Lady Aparecida is only about 40 centimeters (16 inches) tall and is made of dark clay. This unique appearance has earned her the nickname “The Black Mary.” 2) Papal Visit: Pope John Paul II visited the Basilica of Our Lady Aparecida in 1980, and it was during this visit that he officially declared her the patroness of Brazil. 3) Miraculous Healing: Many people believe in the miraculous healing powers of Our Lady Aparecida. There are numerous stories of individuals who claim to have been healed of illnesses and ailments after praying to her. 4) Replica Statues: Due to the popularity of Our Lady Aparecida, numerous replica statues can be found throughout Brazil and in Catholic communities worldwide. These replicas function as

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Words ending in tion in Portuguese

Are you ready to learn Portuguese today? Today we’ll learn about the words ending in -tion in Portuguese. Did you know most of the time the termination for -tion is -ção? Can you tell us any examples of words like this? -tion or -ção We have same words that end in -ção in Portuguese. When we translate these words into English they usually end in -tion. Or when we translate them to Spanish they usually end in -ción. This is a nice trick to help you learn them! In Portuguese, most of the words ending in -tion are feminine. Let’s look at a short list of feminine words ending in -ção and learn which words are the exceptions: Feminine Words Ending in -ção A loção lotion A atenção attention A ação action A emoção emotion A comoção commotion A afeição affection A alteração change/alteration A opção option A proteção protection A navegação navigation A exceção exception A terminação ending/termination A recepção reception A mutação mutation A determinação determination A sensação feeling/sensation A avaliação evaluation A condição condition A relação relation A satisfação satisfaction A admiração admiration Masculine Words Ending in -ção Let’s look at the words ending in -ção that are masculine in Portuguese: O coração heart O calção shorts Because these words are masculine, and already an exception to the rule, you will be able to see they won’t end in -tion as we previously stated! Examples with Words Ending in -ção Now let’s continue by reading some examples with the words we have just learned, and then we’ll look at pronunciation: Os estudantes da Rio & Learn tem uma determinação muito grande.The students at Rio & Learn have great determination. Precisamos escolher uma opção boa para todos.We need to choose an option that is good for everyone. Ela trabalha na recepção do hotel.She works in the reception of the hotel. Eu aprendi Português em 30 dias, minha satisfação foi enorme!I learned Portuguese in 30 days, with enormous satisfaction! Podemos fazer uma viagem de carro com uma condição: precisamos cantar Britney Spears!We can go on a road trip with one condition: we must sing Britney Spears! Minha avaliação do CELPE-Bras foi ótima!My CELPE-Bras evaluation was great! Eles têm uma grande admiração pelos professores.They have a lot of admiration for the teachers. Nós sempre tivemos boa relação com nosso vizinho.We always had a good relationship with our neighbor.  Pronounce These Words Correctly Now let’s look at our friend Moisés and learn how to pronounce the words ending in -tion in Portuguese: To watch more Dicas like this, check out our Youtube channel.  Uses of -são and -ssão Did you correlate it already? Most of the words in Portuguese that end in -são also have the same ending in English: -sion. While words that ending in -ssão in Portuguese, will end in -ssion in English as well. Let’s take a look at some examples to understand this usage tool: Words ending in -são Conclusão Conclusion Divisão Division Invasão Invasion Lesão Lesion Pensão Pension Supervisão Supervision Televisão Television Transfusão Transfusion Versão Version Visão Vision Words ending in -ssão Admissão Admission Demissão Demission Depressão Depression Discussão Discussion Missão Mission Percussão Percussion Profissão Profession Remissão Remission Repressão Repression Submissão Submission Examples with -são and -ssão Of course, this isn’t a general rule and we have some exceptions, but this is a good tool to follow! A conclusão da reunião foi mandada por email.The conclusion of the meeting was sent by email. A televisão quebrou depois de dez anos.The television broke after ten years. Eles fizeram a divisão dos bens da família.They made the division of family assets. Você já preencheu os documentos de admissão na Rio & Learn?Have you filled out the admission documents at Rio & Learn yet? Nossa missão é ajudar nossos alunos a aprenderem português.Our mission is to help our students to learn Portuguese! A demissão dos funcionários foi muito triste.The employees’ demission was very sad. Exercise for Words Ending in -tion in Portuguese Complete these sentences translating the words in parentheses to Portuguese and check your answers at the end of our Dica: Bye bye friends! Follow us on Twitter for some quickly information!Hugs! Click on the links below to see more related DicasGenders in PortuguesePlural of the words ending in LPlural of the words ending in ãoPlural of words ending in vowels Answers Isadora CarusoSEO Content Coordinator at Rio & Learn Portuguese School. She was seven month Rio & Learn Online Courses Academic Coordinator and our A Dica do Dia blog Coordinator for two years and a half. Fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish, and with elementary proficiency in Chinese, she is a versatile communicator and a strategic asset to global teams.

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Three Kings Day in Brazil

What’s up? Today’s free Portuguese lesson for foreigners is about Brazilian culture and celebration. Today we’ll learn about the Three Kings Day in Brazil. What is the Three Kings Day in Brazil? The Three Kings Day in Brazil, or Folia de Reis in Portuguese, is a popular and traditional Brazilian festival. It is one of the most emblematic folk festivals in the country. This celebration has a cultural and religious character, and takes place from December 24 to January 6, the official Day of the Kings, or Day of the Three Kings. The Day of the Kings in Brazil is celebrated to remember the three kings that took presents to Jesus. The Portuguese brought this tradition to Brazil during the colonization. The Folia de reis is celebrated in the Catholic religion to commemorate the visit of the three wise men (Gaspar, Melchior – or Belchior – and Baltazar) to the baby Jesus. When they saw the Star of Bethlehem in the sky, they went to meet the newborn baby Jesus and took incense, gold, and myrrh to give to him. The gold represented royalty, the incense represented divinity or faith, and the myrrh represented immortality. In Brazil, this festival is celebrated in different regions across the country. The states where this tradition is most present are Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Bahia, Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo and Goiás. Folia dos Reis A group of folia de reis consists of a master or ambassador, the three wise men, clowns, military flag bearers, a choir and procession revelers. Let’s check out what each member of this group does and what their role is! How is it Celebrated? The members of the groups wear colorful costumes, dance and play typical music with different instruments (such as: guitars drums, accordions, tambourines, harmonicas, and other percussion instruments and etc). In addition, during the Folia de Reis, it is possible to watch the parades of the groups dedicated to the festivities through the streets. It’s very beautiful and colorful! During the festival, groups walk around the streets offering the blessings of Jesus to the people who want to receive them. It’s very common during the party that families give food to the members of the group, helping them to continue walking the streets offering blessings. Many of the groups celebrate by giving theatrical performances and reciting verses. After the parade, a themed mass is usually held. The celebrations vary according to the traditions and particularities of each region of the country – typical food, music, games and dances will depend on where the celebration takes place. Take a look at this video and see us having fun! You could have the same in a nice immersion with one of our native teachers! Vocabulary Related to the Three Kings Day Folia dos Reis Three Kings Day Folclore Folklore Estrela de Belém Star of Bethlehem Incenso Incense Ouro Gold Mirra Myrrh Embaixador Ambassador Três Reis Magos Three Wise Men Palhaços Clowns Alfeires Military Flag Bearers Coral Choir Foliões Procession Revelers Fantasias Costumes Bençãos Blessings Apresentações Teatrais Theatrical Performances Missa Mass What do you think about seeing this with your own eyes? Come study Portuguese in Rio with us and feel the magic of our city! Want to see more of Rio? See some pictures on our Instagram!  See you in the next Dica!Hugs! Click on the links below to see more related DicasBrazil HolidaysMonths in PortugueseHappy New Year in PortugueseMerry Christmas in Portuguese  Isadora CarusoSEO Content Coordinator at Rio & Learn Portuguese School. She was seven month Rio & Learn Online Courses Academic Coordinator and our A Dica do Dia blog Coordinator for two years and a half. Fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish, and with elementary proficiency in Chinese, she is a versatile communicator and a strategic asset to global teams.

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two portuguese students having a cup of coffee and some cake in a bakery in brazil. example in portuguese: eles adoram tomar um cafezinho na padaria.

Bakery in Portuguese

Are you hungry? Let’s learn today about bakery in Portuguese, and how they work in Brazil! Do you know the vocabulary related to it, like bread, cheese, ham, butter, and cake in Portuguese? Let’s learn more about Brazilian coffee and the special pão de queijo! Bakery in Brazil Have you had breakfast today? Come with us and let’s learn all about these special foods. Did you know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? It sets us up for the entire day! You must try food from bakery in Brazil, it’s AMAZING, trust me! In our classes we will take you to the bakery and we’ll eat a traditional Brazilian pão de queijo. In addition to that, we also get to enjoy a lot of RioLIVE! activities together! We have many diverse types of cakes and bread, for example. But the typical breakfast for a Brazilian always involve some coffee and bread for sure (words we will totally learn today!). There are many different types of bread, cake and coffee in Brazil, but if you want to learn more about Brazilian coffee, we have a Dica exclusively talking about it. Let’s check out some interesting things we can find in a bakery in Brazil: Cake in Portuguese Did you know cake in Portuguese is called bolo? We have many diverse types of cake, with different ingredients in the dough, filling or topping. Some cakes have special ingredients in the dough, like bolo de fubá (cornmeal cake), bolo de cenoura (carrot cake), bolo de milho (corn cake). There are also cakes made with some fruits, like bolo de banana (banana cake), bolo de laranja (orange cake) and bolo de limão (lemon cake). An extremely popular cake in Brazil has a brigadeiro filling and chocolate dough, which is called bolo de brigadeiro (chocolate cake). Finally, we have cakes with toppings, like the popular bolo de cenoura com chocolate (carrot cake with chocolate topping). Bread in Portuguese On the other hand, bread in Portuguese is called pão! The most popular for sure is pão francês (French roll), which is baked daily by every bakery in Brazil. Let’s check out some other popular types of bread in Brazil: Some fit people enjoy some breads made with special grains, like pão de linhaça (linseed bread), pão de aveia (oat bread) e pão de chia (chia bread). There is a bread that is called pão australiano (Australian bread), which has a brown appearance and has honey in the composition. Finally, there is a type of bread extremely popular with kids: bisnaguinhas (mini rolls)! They are baked with milk and very small. Vocabulary for Bakery in Portuguese Now that you know more about types of bread and cake in Portuguese, let’s dive deeper in the vocabulary related to bakery in Portuguese. Do you know how to say cheese, ham, and margarine in Portuguese? They are exceedingly popular fillings for bread during breakfasts in Brazil, and always available to be sold in bakeries. Pão francês French roll Forno Oven Gramas Grams Queijo prato Prato cheese Presunto Ham Misto quente Grilled ham and cheese sandwich Pão de queijo Cheese bread Brioche Brioche Broa de milho Cornbread Cafezinho Small coffee Margarina Margarine Açúcar Sugar Adoçante Sweetener Bisnaguinha Mini roll (made with milk) Pacote Packet Pão de forma Loaf of bread Café da tarde Afternoon coffee Bolo de fubá Cornmeal cake Pudim de pão Bread pudding Pedaço Piece Croissant Croissant Baguete Baguette Café da manhã Breakfast Dialogue About Bakery in Portuguese But how we use the vocabulary for bread, cake and Brazilian coffee in Portuguese, for example? Let’s check out how to use these words we just learned in a very typical conversation in the bakery: Dona Cecília: Bom dia, Sr. Manuel!Senhor Manuel: Bom dia! Como vai?Dona Cecília: Vou bem, obrigada! Aproveitando o calor aqui do Rio.Senhor Manuel: Sim. Está muito calor aqui na cidade maravilhosa. O que a senhora vai querer hoje?Dona Cecília: Gostaria de dois pães franceses bem quentinhos.Senhor Manuel: Então, D. Cecília, nós acabamos de pôr os pães no forno. Vão sair em oito minutos.Dona Cecília: Não tem problema, eu espero.Senhor Manuel: A senhora quer algo mais?Dona Cecília: Sim, também quero 100 gramas de queijo prato e presunto. Vou fazer misto quente em casa.Senhor Manuel: Tudo bem. Quer provar uns pães de queijo ou uns brioches? Estão bem fresquinhos!Dona Cecília: Não, obrigada.Senhor Manuel: Também temos essas broas de milho que ficaram prontas agora há pouco.Dona Cecília: Ah! Eu adoro broas de milho. Acho que vou querer duas com um cafezinho.Senhor Manuel: Boa ideia! Quer que passe margarina nelas?Dona Cecília: Não precisa!Senhor Manuel: Aqui estão as broas e o café. Gostaria de um pouco de açúcar?Dona Cecília: Eu prefiro adoçante.Senhor Manuel: Claro! Aqui está.Dona Cecília: Senhor Manuel, quanto custam as bisnaguinhas?Senhor Manuel: O pacote de bisnaguinhas custa cinco reais. O de pão de forma também.Dona Cecília: Vou fazer um café da tarde para umas amigas. Acho que elas vão gostar. Me vê um pacote de cada e um bolo de fubá pequeno.Senhor Manuel: Suas amigas gostam de pudim de pão? Está ótimo!Dona Cecília: Não, mas meu marido sim. Vou levar um pedaço para ele.Senhor Manuel: Perfeito. Os pães franceses acabaram de sair. São dois, não são?Dona Cecília: Isso! Muito obrigada, Sr. Manuel!Senhor Manuel: Posso ajudar em algo mais? Um croissant talvez? Uma baguete?Dona Cecília: Eu agradeço, mas, não! Acho que já está bom! Vou engordar se comer tanto dessas delícias da sua padaria. Quanto deu minha conta?Senhor Manuel: Foram R$ 23,10.Dona Cecília: Aqui está. Obrigada!Senhor Manuel: De nada, D. Cecília! Tenha um bom dia! Dialogue About Bakery in Portuguese Ms Cecília: Good morning Mr. Manuel! Mr Manuel: Good morning! How’s everything?Ms Cecília: Everything’s good, thank you! I’m enjoying the warm weather in Rio. Mr Manuel: Yes. It is quite warm here in the marvelous city. What would madam like today?Ms Cecília: I would like two French rolls, really warm. Mr Manuel: Ms. Cecília, we just put the rolls in the oven. They will be ready in eight minutes.Ms Cecília: Not a problem, I’ll wait. Mr Manuel: Would you like

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Ejemplo de Plural en portugués da las palabras terminadas en L: As camisas azuis.

Plural of Words Ending in L

What’s up friends, how you doin’? In a previous Dica we explained the plural of words ending in vowels and words ending in -ÃO. Now let’s learn more about the plural of words ending in L! If you don’t remember much about this letter or want to review it before diving into its plurals, we have a Dica just about the letter L. How to Do: Plural of Words Ending in L In our Dica today, we are going to learn the plural of the words ending in L. When one word ends in -al, -el, -ol or -ul, the plural form is astoundingly simple: we need to change the end by -is, shown on the image below: Let’s see some structures with words ending in -al, -el, -ol or -ul: Animal Animais Animal Papel Papeis Paper Espanhol Espanhóis Spanish Azul Azuis Blue Casal Casais Couple Anel Anéis Ring Lençol Lençóis Sheets Examples for Plural of Words Ending in L Now, check out some examples of phrases using these plurals: Os animais selvagens ficam nas florestas.Wild animals live in the forests. Os papeis estão na gaveta da secretária.The papers are in the secretary’s drawer. Nossos amigos são espanhóis.Our friends are Spanish. Os guarda-chuvas são azuis.The umbrellas are blue. Os casais estão felizes.The couples are happy. Os anéis são de ouro.The rings are made of gold. Os lençóis estão na lavanderia.The sheets are at the laundry. Words Ending in -il When the word ends in -il, it’s a bit different, we cannot use the same rule as above. Check out our explanation below: When -il is the stressed syllable, we just change -il to ‘s’. Let’s check out some examples: Infantil Infantis Childish Gentil Gentis Gentle Funil Funis Funnel Barril Barris Barrel When -il isn’t the stressed syllable, we make a change. We cut the termination -il and add -eis. Check out how it goes: Útil Úteis Useful Fácil Fáceis Easy Difícil Difíceis Difficult  Examples of Words Ending in -il Now, let’s take a look at the plural form of some structures with words ending in -il.: Eles são adultos, mas são muito infantis.They are adults but they are very childish. Os professores da Rio & Learn são muito gentis.Rio & Learn teachers are very kind. Os barris estão cheios de vinho.The barrels are full of wine. Protetores solares no Rio de Janeiro são muito úteis.Sunblock in Rio de Janeiro is very useful. Os exercícios de português são fáceis.The Portuguese exercises are easy. Now it’s your turn! Complete the sentences by transforming the words between parentheses into the plural form. Let’s see if you know it all. Eu comprei 4 lápis _________ (azul) Estas aulas são muito _________ (difícil) Quantos _________ (animal) você tem? Sua caneta está perto dos _________ (papel) em cima da mesa. Diogo comprou _________ (anel) para sua mãe. Os _________ (lençol) da minha cama são de seda. Serge consegue beber 2 _________(barril) de cerveja! Meu deus! Anotações são muito _________ (útil) para ajudar a organização. Esses homens são muito _________ (infantil). No Rio de Janeiro, as pessoas são muito _________ (gentil). Now you know not only everything about the letter L, but also about its plural! Keep learning Portuguese with us in our next Dica! Big hug from Copacabana! Click on the links below to see more related DicasPlural in PortuguesePortuguese LPlural of Words Ending in VowelsMetaphony in Portuguese Answer Eu comprei 4 lápis azuis (azul)  Estas aulas são muito difíceis (difícil) Quantos animais (animal) você tem? Sua caneta está perto dos papéis (papel) em cima da mesa. Diogo comprou anéis (anel) para sua mãe. Os lençóis (lençol) da minha cama são de seda. Serge consegue beber 2 barris (barril) de cerveja! Meu deus! Anotações são muito úteis (útil) para ajudar a organização. Esses homens são muito infantis (infantil). No Rio de Janeiro, as pessoas são muito gentis (gentil). Isadora CarusoSEO Content Coordinator at Rio & Learn Portuguese School. She was seven month Rio & Learn Online Courses Academic Coordinator and our A Dica do Dia blog Coordinator for two years and a half. Fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish, and with elementary proficiency in Chinese, she is a versatile communicator and a strategic asset to global teams.

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Example of holiday in Brazil: the carnival. Students at Sambódromo, Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil Holidays

Hey friends, what’s up? Let’s learn a little more about Brazilian culture today? A new year has started, and it’s typical among Brazilians to check the calendar for Brazil Holidays, and Rio de Janeiro’s holidays. If you want to see more information about how to spend your vacations in Brazil speaking Portuguese, we have this Dica just for you. Do you know the most important Brazilian holidays? No? So, to keep you updated, here are the Brazilian holidays for 2024. Let’s have a look: Brazil Holidays in 2025 Below you have the Brazil holiday calendar for the current year 2025: Ano Novo New Year Holiday January 1st Carnaval Carnival (Mardi Gras) Holiday March 3rd till March 5th. Sexta-feira Santa Good Friday Holiday April 18th Páscoa Easter Holiday April 20th Tiradentes Tiradentes Holiday April 21st Dia do Trabalho Labor Day Holiday May 1st Dia das Mães Mother’s Day Commemorative Date May 11th Corpus Christi Corpus Christi Commemorative Date June 19th Dia dos Namorados Valentine’s Day Commemorative Date June 12th Festas Juninas June Parties Commemorative Date June Dia dos Pais Father’s Day Commemorative Date August 10th (2nd Sunday of August) Dia da Independência Independence Day Holiday September 7th Dias de São Cosme e Damião Saint Cosmas and Damian Days Commemorative Date September 26th and 27th Nossa Senhora de Aparecida Our Lady Aparecida Day Holiday October 12th Dia dos Professores Teachers’ Day Holiday for Schools October 15th Dia do Comércio Commerce Day Holiday for Stores October 21th Dia do Servidor Público Civil Servants Day Holiday for Public Services October 28th Finados Day of the Dead (All Soul’s Day) Holiday November 2nd Dia da República Proclamation of the Republic Holiday November 15th Consciência Negra Black Consciousness Day Holiday in Some States (Rio de Janeiro) November 20th Natal Christmas Holiday December 25th Rio de Janeiro Holidays in 2025 Now that we have looked at the holidays in Brazil for 2025, let’s look at some Rio de Janeiro holidays. Remember: they are not celebrated nationally but only for this city: Dia de São Sebastião Saint Sebastian’s Day Holiday January 20th Dia de São Jorge Saint George’s Day Holiday April 23rd Brazil Holidays in 2024 Below you have the Brazil holiday calendar for the current year 2024: Ano Novo New Year Holiday January 1st Carnaval Carnival (Mardi Gras) Holiday February 20th til 22th Dia Internacional da Mulher International Women’sDay Commemorative Date March 8th Sexta-feira Santa Good Friday Holiday March 29th Páscoa Easter Holiday March 31th Tiradentes Tiradentes Holiday April 21st Dia do Trabalho Labor Day Holiday May 1st Dia das Mães Mother’s Day Commemorative Date May 12th Corpus Christi Corpus Christi Commemorative Date June 30th Dia dos Namorados Valentine’s Day Commemorative Date June 12th Festas Juninas June Parties Commemorative Date June Dia dos Pais Father’s Day Commemorative Date August 11th (2nd Sunday of August) Dia da Independência Independence Day Holiday September 7th Dias de São Cosme e Damião Saint Cosmas and Damian Days Commemorative Date September 26th and 27th Nossa Senhora de Aparecida Our Lady Aparecida Day Holiday October 12th Dia das Crianças Children’s Day Commemorative Date October 12th Dia dos Professores Teachers’ Day Holiday for Schools October 15th Dia do Comércio Commerce Day Holiday for Stores October 21th Dia do Servidor Público Civil Servants Day Holiday for Public Services October 28th Finados Day of the Dead (All Soul’s Day) Holiday November 2nd Dia da República Proclamation of the Republic Holiday November 15th Consciência Negra Black Consciousness Day Holiday in Some States (Rio de Janeiro) November 20th Natal Christmas Holiday December 25th On Dia dos Professores, us at Rio & Learn give our beloved teachers the day off, so they can rest and recharge! This happens in most schools to show our gratitude to these professionals! On commemorative dates everything works normally in Brazil, but on Brazilian national holidays, Brazilians have a day off. In addition to the national holidays, Rio de Janeiro has its own holidays as well! Rio de Janeiro Holidays in 2024 Now that we have looked at the holidays in Brazil for 2024, let’s look at some Rio de Janeiro holidays. Remember: they are not celebrated nationally but only for this city: Dia de São Sebastião Saint Sebastian’s Day Holiday January 20th Dia de São Jorge Saint George’s Day Holiday April 23rd  Does Brazil have any special holidays? Brazil has many important festivities that are deeply rooted in our culture. As a Catholic country with due to our Portuguese colonization, Brazil has many religious holidays. Some have retained their Catholic religious nature, such as Easter and All Souls’ Day. Others have adapted and become part of Brazilian culture, even for those who are not Catholics. Some holidays, though, are not religious, but not less important to our culture. Tiradentes is a particularly important one, that represents the resistance every Brazilian has. Independency Day and Proclamation of Republic also show a little bit of Brazil’s history, which went from a Portuguese Colony to an Empire, and only then to a Republic. Comparing to South America countries, Brazil had a very distinct trajectory in the construction of our politics. Let’s analyze the most important festivities to understand their purpose: What is the most popular holiday in Brazil? The famous carnival, was born as a period of celebration before the start of Lent, 40 days of fasting in the lead up to Easter but has become much more than that. Carnival is celebrated in other places across the world, but it is a special highlight in Brazil. It is celebrated in several ways: with Samba School parades or street carnival, for example. It is a period where people dress up and can reverse roles just for fun (many men dress up as women, for example, and without any prejudice). The street carnival of Rio de Janeiro is designated by Guinness World Records as the largest carnival in the world, with approximately two million people each day. Because even though the carnival parades are one of the biggest highlights of Carnival in Brazil, the party in the streets have a unique flavor.

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