For decades, Brazil’s international image has been synonymous with its festive Carnival season. And while Rio is ground zero for the action, it is certainly not the only place to celebrate. In a country as large and diverse as Brazil, various regions and cultures have created their own rendition of Carnival, differing from state to state. But to truly understand the diversification of Carnival, we need to take a look back at the party’s origins.
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There’s no denying it: few people know how to party quite like Brazilians do. If you’re looking for an unforgettable location to ring in the New Year, then look no further than Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Between dancing the night away under a starry sky to enjoying a grand, family-friendly fireworks display, here’s what you need to know to have the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration in Rio.
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As a traveler or expat, experiencing the holidays outside the U.S. can be an eye opening and life changing experience. As we usher in a new holiday season and begin to reflect upon the past year, on the surface, traditions around the globe may appear very different, but dig a little deeper and you’ll see that we’re all just searching for a cause to celebration. With each country having their own interpretation of food, family and fun, you may be surprised to learn at the core just how similar we actually are, despite personal beliefs and rituals.
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While the rest of the world is nursing hangovers and food babies from Christmas dinner the night before, the Colombians in Cali are taking to the streets to burn off those calories in a way only they know how. A lesser-known festival in Colombia, Feria De Cali has largely been eclipsed by Carnival in Brazil in the media, but let me assure you, it’s well worth checking out. Salsa parties, food exhibitions, beauty pageants, and parades are just a few of the events you can expect during the six days of festivities. Come explore this year-end cultural celebration with us.