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.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
The Fear of Missing Out greatly affects students who study abroad. For months students look forward to the countries they will call home, whether for a semester or a year, and then after they arrive, the loneliness and separation sets in. It’s difficult to be away from family and friends for a long amount of time and studying abroad is no exception, no matter how badly a student wants to fall in love with their city.
Breweries are everywhere today and, while many craft and microbreweries specialize in particular styles of beer, few are quite as specialized as Ghent Gruut Brewery in Ghent, Belgium. Here, the current craze for hop-heavy India Pale Ales is entirely eschewed as absolutely no hops at all are used in the brewing process. Before you clamor to claim this can’t be beer at all as everyone knows the four ingredients of beer are grain, water, yeast, and hops, consider hops weren’t actually added to beer until the 13th century. Before then, all beers were flavored with herbs and spices, or gruut, as the French population of medieval Ghent called them.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
For many couples, honeymoons serve as a once-in-a-lifetime luxurious trip, often fulfilling a bucket list destination or experience. South Africa is one of those places. The country offers a variety of experiences, whether you want a relaxing or adventurous honeymoon.