Headed to Brazil? Don’t miss these best festivals that, in fact, aren’t Carnival.
Festa do Peão
Each August, São Paulo hosts its Festa do Peão, which means “Cowboy Festival.” Ongoing for more than 50 years, the festival is held in a huge stadium that attracts tens of thousands of guests every year, and includes live music and all things cowboy, from livestock to rodeos, the latter the most popular part of the event.
Throughout the entire month of June, the country celebrates Saint John the Baptist with Festa Junina. Parties include dressing up in what’s considered a “rural” style (think straw hats and checkered shirts — the result is not unlike a scarecrow costume) and celebrating underneath a huge, decorated tent. The parties generally offer plenty of dancing and great food, including Brazilian cakes and wine.
Brazil has its own Oktoberfest in the city of Santa Catarina, originally a German colony founded in 1850. Welcoming more than 1 million revelers, the festival combines the best of both German and Brazilian culture for a unique take on Oktoberfest.
Reveillon, or the annual New Year’s Celebration, attracts nearly 2 million to Rio de Janeiro. The two-day event takes place Dec. 31–Jan. 1, with festivities centering on Copacabana Beach. From religious ceremonies to live music to fireworks, it’s a celebration worth catching if you can.
Celebration of Yemanja
Make plans to be in Salvador next February for this festival that recognizes the Goddess of the Sea. Join the locals to throw gifts for the goddess into the waves, with offerings ranging from bouquets to jewelry. Afterward, everyone gathers for music, food and partying.
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All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
The sands of life may be shifting, but the world has come up with innovative ways to sleep under the stars. Ice castles and underwater hotels are one novelty way to slumber, as well as sandcastle hotels. These temporary, pop-up structures usually coincide with a promotion like National Sandcastle Day to unveil a whimsical way to sleep right on the beach.
Oaxaca is, without a doubt, a city so impressive one must experience it firsthand to understand its splendor. It is an incomparable place that will leave you in awe of its cultural wealth, a place that invites you to experience the extraordinary. In this light, Posadas celebrates the opening of Grand Fiesta Americana Oaxaca, an irresistible option for enjoying this magnificent state in an exclusive and fascinating way.
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