Christmas Traditions in Brazil

Christmas in Brazil is celebrated much the same as it is in the United States. There are some differences that we will show below. One major difference is that Christmas actually falls in the beginning of their summer season. Here is how the country celebrates.

Decorations – Nativity Scenes are amongst the most popular decorations for the holiday.

Food – Brazilians eat ham, pork or turkey on Christmas, cooked with rice, as is a year long custom there.

Christmas Eve – Like most Catholic areas, Brazilians go to church on Christmas Eve. After the service, there are typically fireworks and lights go on in the streets.

Traditions – Though church services are something most commonly done on Christmas Eve, there are afternoon masses on Christmas Day. Secret Santa is a big tradition in the area, where a name is chosen in secret, and a gift is purchased, to have the giver unveiled on Christmas. Epiphany is also celebrated in this country.

Work – Workers get a double pay check in December to help families be able to afford to spend on Christmas, benefiting the local economies.

Santa – Santa is either called Papa Noel or Bom Velhinho, which translates into “Good Old Man”. Children leave socks by the window for him to fill if they’ve been good!

Media – Silent Night is the most popular song in the area.

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