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Unique or influential aspects of the country´s culture or history on the world


Brazil´s culture is vibrant and diverse also is a culture of a very diverse nature and culture is colorful, attracts many people to know and experience the core of this vibrant culture. Portuguese and African influences are evident in the Brazilian culture, religion, architecture, music, and food. The geography and settlement patterns of Brazil shape the Brazilian culture. Brazilian culture is and an ethnic and cultural mixing occurred in the colonial period between Native Americans, Portuguese and Africans formed the bulk of Brazilian culture. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries Italian, German, Spanish, Arab and Japanese immigrants settled in Brazil and played an important role in its culture, creating a multicultural and multiethnic society

This culture, however, was strongly influenced by African, Indigenous cultures and traditions, and other non-Portuguese European people.

Some aspects of Brazilian culture are contributions of Italian, German and other European immigrants. Amerindian peoples influenced Brazil's language and cuisine; and the Africans influenced language, cuisine, music, dance and religion.

Brazil's is famous in their culture because of their sports, beaches and carnivals.

In sports:

Football is the most popular Sport in Brazil also in Rio de Janeiro the maracaña stadium is chosen for the is going to be Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup

The Olympic Stadium is chosen for 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Many famous Brazilian players such as Pelé, Kaká, and Ronaldinho are among the most well known players in the sport. They have been victorious in the FIFA World Cup a record 5 times, in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002.

The 2 famous carnivals of Brazil are the:

* Carnaval de Tenerife

* Carnaval de Rio de Janeiro

Carnivals are a great part of the Brazilian culture and traditions because of the carnivals the world knows the Brazilian culture.

Carnivals: The carnivals of Brazil are the most waited of the visitors, the dancing, music and enjoyment that comes along with the festivities makes a worthy stay. The Brazilian carnivals are known to be the most spectacular festivals in the world.

Carnival of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Rio Carnival which is slated in the month of February/March every year. It just goes with conformity for most of the people who love singing, dancing and enjoying every moment of life. It is a well known fact that this carnival has been one of the biggest and enjoying event on the whole earth. This is celebrated in Brazil every year in night and the culture seems to get mingled with the monuments and traditional monuments. A large number of tourists from all over the world come here to enjoy night party. One of the topmost carnivals, which are organized in Brazil, Rio Carnival has its records mentioned in Guinness Book of World Records.

The Carnival of Rio de Janeiro, the most prestigious Brazilian festival will always come at the right time. As the loud strong but also merry music for the samba dance turns on, the teams from each school will slowly walk onto the 700m-long stage, guided by a number of preceding squares. Among all the squares, the one with the greatest charisma would be the drum corps made up of young people.

Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The rain forest region (Indian people, Native Americans and slaves)

The Native Americans of Brazil were some of the first people to live in here. Today many Brazilians are a mix of Native Americans, African and European heritages. There are many groups of Native Americans one of the largest is the yanomami. They live in traditional communities in the rain forest. As the rain forest change or threatened they change their way of life, some left their way of life in the rain forest and went to live to the cities.

In the Amazon rain forest people have traditional ways of living, but because of the threats the Amazon rain forests pass through this people are affected. There are many indigenous people living in there because they kept isolated in there because of the difficulty of traveling in the rain forest, so they kept the ancient ways of living.

The isolated culture of the indigenous people began to change as it was brought into contact with modern ways. Also because once the rain forest was opened for development newcomers arrived and brought many diseases and conflicts with the Indian, some conflicts were violent and Indian were killed so indigenous people(Indian) began to change their culture as constructing different kind of houses for protection, things like that. But still the indigenous Indian culture has remained but largely separated from the rest of the Brazil, isolated in the Amazon rain forest.The Amazonian is a very different way of representing the Brazilian culture.

One group of Indian in brazil are the Munduruku Indian still live in small villages in the rain forest they have their own stories that travel from generation to generation in their culture, some indigenous people are discriminated and disrespected but may indigenous that left their group and went to the city now they study and defend their culture and indigenous group.

Culture of the northeast region of Brazil

The sugar plantations shape its culture. The Africans brought their culture to Brazil when they enslaved them and where imported to work on the plantations. Today the area is rich in art and in music. The dance called the samba was born in here in the northeast region of Brazil.

Maracatu is a Brazilian beat from Pernambuco, a state in the Northeast region of Brazil. It is very rich and represents many cultural and historic elements; it is intense, colorful, and vibrant. It is celebrated in August 9th in the San Francisco bay. Has a rich culture, with its unique constructions in the old centers of Salvador, dance frevo and maracatu, music axé and forró and unique cuisine. Their dishes are particular to the region. Salvador was the first Brazilian capital.

The festival of (Saint John), one of the unique parties is especially popular in the Northeast, particularly in Caruaru, in the state of Pernambuco and Campina Grande, The festival takes place once a year, in June. As the Northeast is mostly arid or semi-arid the Nordestinos give thanks to Saint John for the rainfall that typical falls this time of year, which greatly helps the farmers with their crops. And because this time of year also coincides with the corn harvest many regional dishes containing corn, have become part of the cultural tradition.

The Bumba-Meu-Boi festival is also popular, especially in the state of Maranhão. festival in the city of São Luis do Maranhão and its environments there are many different groups, with elaborate costumes and different styles of music,

Car natal in Natal or the Fortal in Fortaleza. Since its inception in 1991, Car natal has become the largest off-season carnival in Brazil. The event takes place once a year, in December, and draws roughly one million participants. The Fortal takes place once every year as well but in the month of July.

The south region of Brazil

In here there are many beaches and people main activity to do in here is surfing, the culture of this place generally is surfing and dancing samba also some people sing songs and do music with some vases with colorful covers made by hand and with clothing.

It is typical Brazil, deeply related with European culture, where even the climate is different (four seasons, with a cold one…). Here you may find folklore, traditions, music and a cuisine (with beer and wine) strictly rooted in Europe.

The South of Brazil is mainly European, it has a cultural style. Blumenau - the town where takes place the America's largest and liveliest beer festival (Oktoberfest), reflects a large German origin community.

Blumenau's Oktoberfest is a three week festival, a replica of Munich's, an event that calls more than a million people a year, and rivals with events as Rio de Janeiro or Salvador's Carnivals.

Blumenau is an example of the predominance of European culture on the south of Brazil. Here, the impact of African or Indian culture is insignificant, and the racial blending of other Brazilian states doesn't exist.

Rio de janerio

Rio de janerio is the heat of Brazil's culture. Rio de Janeiro "River of January", the second largest city of Brazil .The city was the capital of Brazil for nearly two centuries, from 1763 to 1815 during the Portuguese colonial era. Rio is nicknamed the Cidade Maravilhosa or "Marvelous City" Rio is the second largest city in Brazil and the state capital of Rio de Janeiro. The city is best known for its beaches, carnivals, football, music and its well preserved tropical forests.

Brasilia became the capital in 1960 when Brazil achieved independence. Tourists mainly get attracted to Rio not just because of it musical diversity and beaches but also because of its flora and fauna. The world's two largest forests are in Rio, surrounded by the most amazing beaches and mountains .Art and culture unite together and on display is Rio and Brazil's history exhibited in the museums and galleries.

The melting pot that is Brazil has produced a unique and vibrant culture. What are the main influences that have formed the Brazilian culture?