Like many of the countries around the world, Brazil also celebrates this auspicious festival with family, religious people and others. They celebrate Christmas by decorating churches, storefront, houses and everywhere around the nation. Many of the major cities are decorated using the electric lights and garlands like that of the European tradition.
This is majorly because most of the population in the area is Catholic and they do attend a midnight mass for the Christmas eve which is called Mass of the Rooster or Misa de Gallo. And in the midnight, the entire nation celebrates with a massive show of fireworks. A big family meal is cooked in each house to enjoy the time with the family in such an occasion.
Christmas Celebration at Brazil
Christmas is celebrated differently in different parts of the world. But certain things remain common like the mass, decoration and many more. But in Brazil, there are some specific types of decorations and stuff. So, let’s have a detailed look at each kind of celebrations.
Decorating palm trees is the general style of celebrating Christmas around the world, Brazilians decorate truly tropical trees in that tends to be plastic made. It is decorated and adorned by the with the usual lights, tinsels and baubles. The tables at the house lays with Christmas-patterned tablecloths and lights are hung all around the house along with the exteriors of the house.
While people meet each other – family, friends and others, then they tend to gift each other some or the other beautiful gifts. Some of them gift each other holiday food items and other tasty foods too. It is popular approach to gift with the help of secret Santa or Amigo Oculto – where they gift each other without them knowing who gifted whom.
3. Santa Claus
Santa Claus story is the same in Brazil like the other countries around the world. Along with Santa Claus, even Papai Noel comes to give presents for the children and the ones lives in the North Pole. Some believe that the Santa Claus wears silk for him to have a cool feel in hot Brazil environment. Whereas, some believe that he uses thick red and white robes over his huge belly.
The Christmas celebrations at Brazil takes place with the family and friends. Everyone dresses up and celebrates a beautiful evening together. They dress up, spend time with each other, wear hair and makeup, plenty of food, music and drinking. The celebration majorly happens on 24th of December and then on 25th, the leftovers are eaten. For 24th celebration, they prepare everything for the meals including Hot sauce, coconut cake and many more.
While all of the celebration goes on, they also play Brazilian musical instruments to get a great festive feel. Christmas food is one of the most important preparations of this festival too. Preparation of dishes from different cultures and countries become common. Preparing food that originates not only from Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Italy and many more. Let us know what kind of foods and dishes you prepare in this amazing festival.