BRAZIL By: Julia and nikki

Religion

Brazil is a very diverse and multicultural country so there are multiple religions followed

Catholic is the most common religion in Brazil as it’s the country with the most catholics in the world

The main churches in brazil are: Catholic, Protestant, Methodist, Episcopal, Pentecostal, Lutheran, Baptist.

The Catholic religion came to Brazil when the European settlers came to civilize the native people

Other non christian religions include: Jewish, Muslim (Islam), Buddhism, Jehovah's Witness, Shinto, Rastafarian, Candomble, Umbanda.

Holidays and Rituals

Carnival Weekend in Rio de Janeiro (february 24th- 28th)

Carnival/ Mardi Gras is the most famous holiday in Brazil and has become an event of huge proportions. The Annual Brazilian festival is held between the friday afternoon (51 days before easter) and Ash wednesday at noon, which marks the beginning of Lent, the 40 day period before easter. On certain days of Lent, Roman Catholics and some other Christians traditionally abstained from the consumption of meat and poultry, hence the term “carnival”, from “carnelevare” (to remove meat). Rythme, participation and costumes vary from one religion of Brazil to another. In the southeastern cities of Rio De Janeiro, São Paulo, and Vitoria, huge organized parades are led by samba schools. The official parades are meant to be watched by the public, while minor parades called blocos allow public participation.

All Souls’ Day

Day dedicated to giving prayers for the dead. Very similar to the Mexican Day of the Dead as they both are meant for the same reason and both holidays take place on November 2nd. The intent of the holiday is for the living to assist those in purgatory (ability to cleanse or purify). Initially it is a day for the living to celebrate and honor the dead.

Language

The official language of Brazil is portuguese and is spoken by almost 100% of the population

Minority languages include ones from Europe, indigenous languages and, Asian countries such as Japan and South Korea

The indigenous languages are Tupí, Arawak, Carib, and Gê.

The portuguese spoken in Brazil is the same as in Portugal other than different accents in certain areas of the country

Some of the ways to differentiate portuguese spoken in Brazil and spoken in Portugal are different personal nouns, pronouns and, verb conjugations

When writing in portuguese, the grammar rules are less strict

Cuisine

Root vegetables are commonly used

Since brazil is a country with tropical conditions fruits are able to grow easily so they have easy access to fruits

Most favourable fruits in brazil are mangos, papayas, guavas, granadillas and pineapple

A popular dish from Brazil is the Feijoada which is made from beans and several types of meat

Most dishes from brazil use rice and or beans as an ingredient, common meats used are pork, beef and seafood

Dress

-Traditional Brazilian clothing is influenced by a combination of different races and immigrants from all across the world. In southern Brazil there is a mixture of German, Russian, and Italian, English, Portuguese and African immigrants. Women wear long flowing skirts with headscarves. Fabric is light and vibrant and is usually made from cotton. Brazilian culture is enriched with literature, arts, music and divine cuisine. Since Brazil is known for its famous parade festivals the residents are known to wear bright and vibrant clothing pieces. Brazil is known internationally for it’s vibrant, showy and suggestive clothing such as the carnival bikini tops with feathered and jeweled arrangements.

Business Etiquette

Brazilians prefer a face to face meeting rather than written communication because it allows them to get to know their business partner better

The communication exchanged usually tends to be more casual and less strict

It's considered acceptable to interrupt someone who is speaking

Websites

http://www.justbrazil.org/brazil-languages.asp

http://www.brazil.org.za/brazil-cuisine.html

http://www.commisceo-global.com/country-guides/brazil-guide

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/traditional-brazilian-clothing.html

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