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  • Beyond Rio – Other Carnivals in Brazil

    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.
    Contrary to popular belief, Carnival isn’t actually a Brazilian creation; it’s a Catholic one, which is why Carnival is celebrated around the world. Introduced to Brazil in the early 1700s, the festival is essentially a chance for Catholics, or anyone looking to engage in a bit of revelry, to get in a few last bits of sin before Lent. In 1641, the first Brazilian Carnival celebrated the crowning of John IV as King, beginning a long and storied history of celebrations throughout the country.
    Although Rio Carnival is the most famous, it’s by no means the only festival worth visiting in Brazil. Here’s a look at where else to celebrate.

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    The Ultimate New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    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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    Holiday Traditions in South America

    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.

    Here are a few of our favorite ways to celebrate the Christmas season in South America.

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