Easter Week (Semana Santa)

From: Brazil Festivals and Events 2016-2017

See also: Southeast BrazilNortheast Brazil

Easter Week ( Semana Santa)
Easter Week, also known as Semana Santa is a highly celebrated event due to the countries large Catholic population which honours Holy Week and Easter (Pascoa) and celebrates the end of Lent with various celebrations and customs.

Many Holy Week celebrations begin on Palm Sunday with several places holding religious street processions to commemorate Christ's arrival into Jerusalem, this event is usually accompanied by great theatrics and followed by Mass. Also during the week is Holy Thursday which marks the Last Supper and Good Friday which commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on the cross with Easter Sunday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Reenactments are performed during Holy Week often to great effect attracting large crowds who come to watch, one of the largest and most impressive reenactments takes place in Brejo da Madre de Deus, within the state of Pernambuco where thousands of onlookers come to watch the ever impressive performance of the Passion of Christ, which is performed each year.

The former mining town of Ouro Preto in Minas Gerais is also well known for its Semana Santa celebrations which include magnificent carpets of flowers which have been intricately laid out on the cobbled streets leading away from that years chosen church for the procession to walk over, during the procession several devotees are appropriately dressed as biblical figures such as angels.

You will find many beautifully decorated Easter eggs throughout Brazil, many of which are more often than not hung from shop ceilings, and traditionally given as gifts to close friends and relatives.

Date Of Easter
Easter is a moveable feast the date of which is calculated according to the Gregorian calendar as the first Sunday following the full moon that falls on or after the spring equinox.

Easter takes place throughout Brazil and is particularly well celebrated in Ouro Preto in southeast Brazil and Brejo de Madre de Deus in northeast Brazil.

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