Easter Traditions in Brazil

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Holy Week is held from 9 to 12 April, is the most important religious event in Brazil. The processions and masses occur in virtually all cities. In some of these events become diversified attractions, but that did not stop having a religious nature. While many take the opportunity for a journey of pleasure and relaxation, others prefer to accompany processions and masses performed in some Brazilian cities.

Easter Traditions in Brazil

Photography by Prefeitura Municipal de Itanhaém

Fazenda Nova:

It is in the village of Fazenda Nova, district municipality of Brejo da Madre de Deus, 180 miles from Recife, which is located in the City Theatre of Nova Jerusalem. Right in the middle of what is known as «wild northeastern», was built 35 years ago, the largest outdoor theater in the world. A total of 100 thousand square meters of area, equivalent to one third of the area’s walled original Jerusalem, where Jesus spent his last days. The theater area is all surrounded by a stone wall, which helps in creating a climate more historical and realistic to the viewer.

The work is performed live by local and national stakeholders, in addition to the latest audio technology and special effects. The presentation takes place in nine stages gigantic as the Palace of Herod, Pilate’s Forum, and the upper room of the Last Supper. The presentations are mobile, interactive, every night for eight days with two daily sessions, viewers accompany the work walking the 60 different scenes for the nine scenarios.

Ouro Preto:

Located 100 kilometers from Belo Horizonte, Ouro Preto is one of the most important historical cities of Brazil. It has an urban-preserved Baroque eighteenth century. The city displays its narrow streets and steep slopes, countless examples of religious architecture of colonial Brazil.

Religious programming in the city begins a week before Easter, but the main point of the ritual begins on the evening of Holy Thursday, when the father of the Mother Church celebrant washes the feet of people in the community, characterized as Apostles of Jesus’ time. In Ouro Preto, a differential mark the festival, the city is completely adorned with carpets made of sawdust and other materials that cover the route through which the procession used to happen.

the route through which the procession

Photography by Prefeitura Municipal de Itanhaém

Nossa Senhora do Pilar:

Who is going to spend Easter in Ouro Preto should reserve a few hours to know also its tourist attractions. One of the must-sees for those who do not want to miss visiting baroque manifestations, is the matrix of Nossa Senhora do Pilar, built in 1786. Other buildings are captive Matrix Nossa Senhora da Conceição, 1727, the church Nossa Senhora do Rosário two Pretos 1785, the Nossa Senhora do Carmo, 1766 and the Matrix of Nossa Senhora de Nazaré, 1725.


Easter in Parati is commemorated with processions and religious ceremonies. They begin on Holy Thursday Mass wash the feet, the institution of the Eucharist and the vigil taking place in the Church of Santa Rita, considered one of the postcards of the city Exactly at midnight, the procession of the torch , symbolizing Christ’s prison. The faithful come out of the city streets with torches in their hands, playing rattles, in a procession through the morning.

Visiting the city during this period can reserve surprises, it is only during Holy Week tourists and residents can see sacred images of great historical and cultural value. Among the sculptures is the crucified Christ in size, dating from the eighteenth century Nossa Senhora da Soledade, with 1.8 meters tall.

the sculptures is the crucified Christ

Photography by tomatoos

You can also visit some of the main historical attractions of the city as the House of Culture The House of the prison, and some churches, like that of Nossa Senhora do Rosário, whose interior is in Baroque style rococo.

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