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A Moving Of The Mind And Spirit: 8 Fascinating Brazilian Traditions That Can Change Lives

Brazil is and always will be a melting pot of a bunch of different cultures from around the world. While you may not think that this would make it unique that is the opposite of the truth. Brazilian culture is like nothing else in the entire world.

Each tradition celebrates Brazils colorful history. It can come across as eccentric at times but this is just part of the charm. The best part of all of this is that you don’t actually have to go there to embody some of the values that come with these traditions.

To assist you in starting the spiritual journey of embracing Brazilian traditions, here is a quick guide to some of the most iconic ones and what they represent.

1. Carnival

If you want to see a true representation of Brazilan culture than you'll want to look into their four-day long carnival celebration. It's a time where the people get together to forget the daily stressors of life to put on costumes and dance together in the streets.

While you may not ever be able actually to attend the celebration there is something you can take away from it without being there. It is the idea that everyone is different but these differences should unite people. Not tear them apart.

2. Football

America calls the sport soccer but for just about everywhere else in the world it's football. In Brazil, it's about as big as American football is in the united states. It's a large part of their culture.

Every year the stadiums become jam-packed full of people who come out and support their favorite team as they compete with other teams from all over the country.

3. Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca is a drink made from plants in Brazil, Peru, and Columbia. It's a psychoactive beverage that when consume sends one down a soul searching journey and has become an important part of Brazil's spiritual heritage.

On the surface it's a powerful drink has been known to help with anxiety, depression, and other debilitating mental illnesses. When you dig into the finer details and actually attend a retreat, however, you'll find that it has cleansed your soul in more ways then you thought possible.

4. Feijoada on Wednesday

In the time of slavery, people had to do their best with what they had as far as food goes. Often times they had to make meals out of scrap meat and veggies that their owners gave to them.

This resulted in the simple creation of a dish made of pork and dark beans. Today, you can get cabbage, rice, onion, tomato salad, and vinegar off to the side. The meal is called feijoada and you can get it every Wednesday in any restaurant in Brazil.

5. Capoeira

Capoeira is another tradition that came out of times of slavery. The people needed a way to hide the fact that they were performing religious activities. This dance was the answer.

It's almost a big a sport as karate and can be taught in most of the cities you'll visit in Brazil. To give you an idea of what it looks like, it incorporates traditional dance with fight moves. Don't worry, it's completely safe, nobody actually makes physical contact with each other.

6. Festa Junica

Somewhere between June, July, or August Festa Junica takes place. Its purpose is to celebrate Santo Antônio, Saõ Pedro, and Saõ João. During these festivities, people dress as cowgirls and cowboys to perform a traditional dance in the streets.

This choreographed dance is called Quadrilha. While it's used primarily during this festival sometimes you'll also see it in weddings that take place during the Festa Junica months.

The dances are well and good but the real superstar of the celebration is the food. You'll be able to sample delectable foods made with peanuts and corn.

Sangria is also included in the festivities and if you've never had it you're missing out. It's a sweet wine made with various boiled fruits.

7. Churrasco

Churrasco isn't just your everyday BBQ. It's a little bigger than your usual American one. Still, the idea is a bit the same.

It's about taking the time no matter how busy and stressed everyone is to spend time with a group of people you love and eat delicious food. At a Churrasco, however, you have a wide array of soft meats. Usually one of the hosts will take it upon themselves to walk around the party with a tray with different foods to try.

8. People

Using the people as an answer when someone asks about Brazilian culture may seem like a cheap and easy response but really, there is nothing like them. If you ever visit you'll notice this right away.

They're extremely affectionate, they kiss, hug, and hold hands while they talk to you. They are a people based on friendship. When you talk to them they actually listen to everything that you have to say.

As you can see, they are very caring people. This is something that anyone could learn from.

Interesting Brazilian Traditions You Have to Try

There is no culture quite like Brazilian culture. While it's a melting pot of a bunch of other cultures, it's unique from its celebrations to its people. While there is just something about being there, you can embody many of the aspects of their traditions without ever visiting.

Use these guidelines to Brazilian traditions and try using them alongside the family traditions that you already have.

Many Brazilian traditions are all about forgetting your troubles and getting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. For more ways to settle your mental health, check out the lifestyle section of our blog.

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