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Candelaria Chruch in the cultural center of Rio de Janeiro.

Culture

Cultural Diversity of Brazil

The influences of African, European and indigenous cultures have their place in the melting pot of Brazil. The country’s cultural heritage is as diverse as nature itself. Our blog entries tell you all about it.

When the state of emergency arrives in the carnival strongholds of Rio de Janeiro, Olinda, and Salvador, it is impossible to remain seated and just watch. Brazil's unique rhythms play a major role in this. Today we would like to introduce you to Afoxé and Co. Don't miss out on our newest article!

Considering the Amazon is one of the most biologically diverse regions on the planet, it is believed that there are many active substances yet to be discovered within the Amazon Rainforest. This is also where the so-called curanderos, native healers, are found, who pass on the knowledge of traditional medicine from generation to generation.

Informal residential neighborhoods are transforming, providing space for cultural events and new concepts for urban development, and are increasingly being discovered by tourism and artists. Some are even emerging as the city's new trendy neighborhoods, serving as a source of inspiration for urbanists and city planners worldwide.

One of the most famous bossa nova hits from Brazil and also played a lot internationally is "Girl from Ipanema", composed by Tom Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes. Roberto Menescal, one of the founders of bossa nova, says that he and his friends were looking for more modern, happy music whose lyrics spoke about what they felt. Continue reading!

Especially at Brazilian festivals and celebrations, it is always cheerful and rhythmic. Xote, also called xótis or chótis, is a Brazilian music style and social dance, that has its origins in Central Europe. Even today, xote is one of the most played rhythms. At the famous Festas Juninas, one often hears a slower version of the xote rhythm.

A very special tradition are the horse shows of the Festas de Cavalhadas, which take place at Whitsun time. The Cavalhadas are staged horse shows, in which the battle for the supremacy of the Christian knights under Charlemagne over the Moors is re-enacted. The outcome of the battle, however, is predetermined.

The Estrada Real is a series of historic routes in Brazil, that range over the states of Minas Gerais, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. It was used to transport mineral resources from the interior of Minas Gerais to the Carioca coast. Even today, many traces of the colonial era can be found along the road.

Today Brazil is a colorful, multi-ethnic country, but it was not always so. Discover the interesting history of Brazil from its beginnings until today, to better understand the different impressions during your Brazil trip. Also, pay attention to historical places, place names and street names, as they still show traces of Brazilian history.

You haven't had any contact with the Portuguese language yet and don't feel like taking a language course? We will gladly give you the most important facts.

Find out more about one of the most popular festivals in Salvador da Bahia.

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