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Where to Spend Christmas in Brazil

By Ernest White, December 2012

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Carnival and New Year’s Eve might be the biggest bashes in Brazil, but Christmas in South America’s largest country isn’t exactly a snooze-fest either. Brazil’s fabulous beaches beckon visitors almost year-round, but from tip to toe, the country also has a sizzling summertime Christmas event schedule that still might feature a snowman or two, despite the high temperatures.

The northeastern city of Natal was born to celebrate Christmas, literally—its name means Christmas in Portuguese and it was founded on December 25, 1599. Kicking off the holidays is the biggest Carnival bash not actually occurring during Carnival season, Carnatal  (December 6-9, 2012), one big roving concert along the coast, with moving sound systems blasting axé music (samba-reggae) over the dancing multitudes.

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Photo courtesy of beckstei via Flickr.

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