The season changes
Imagine the time in March to November deploying barren months and December to February with wet periods in Southern Brazil? During June to September, the climate in Rio and the neighboring area is analogous to the summertime in Northern Europe. The Pantanal and the Amazon rainforest patches are warm and muggy all year round.This weather trim makes Brazil a people destination when North America is inciting to wrestle with the fire of summer. This term of the season distinguished as the Brazilian Winter further chronicles the time of harvest. Genuinely with a Catholic population, the holiday in Brazil is when the renowned saints ( Anthony, Peter, and John the Baptist), the communities venerate in the Festa Junina. Expect the feasting to be in high gear on June 13th, 24th, and 28th- the dates devoted to each of these patron saints. It ranks next to the Carnival as the most famous and celebrated feast in Brazil.
The festivity tracks its memoir through the times when Brazil was following Portugal as a colony. Exceptionally, guests revel from mid-June unto the close of July and in some municipalities, presentations remain till late August. Typical Brazilian food, farm folks dressing, grass, and wood lighted bonfires summon dancing from the local Quadrilla that nevermore tires the home folks and guests alike.
Deeply religious countryside residents commenced the festivities. The union of migrants from European to Afro-Brazilians initiated the mores to advance as one culturally enriched. The ceremonies swell with food, country-style dressing (quermesses) ala farm people. Dance sways ( like the quadrille) are dramatic spectacles throughout the celebration. Folk cuisine, (not to overemphasize), featuring corn ( canjica, the most abundant harvest in Brazil at this time of the year) infuses with the local favorites. Corn on the cob is usually visible. It is not rare that local delights like corn cakes and pamonhas are among the street treats. Wine (quentao), almost a not to abstain from as a major part of the festivities surfaces in a medley of spices like cinnamon. ginger and cloves mixed with sugar. The blithe festivities highlight the ever popular Carnival.
All streets fire up
Added feature of the feasting is the bonfire- warm and beckoning that is suggestive in the festivals as it purports the summer solstice in Brazil.People dress up in colorful fashion to declare the end of the wet season and the precursor of the peak of harvest time. Cheers, chanting and musical beats via local instruments, guitars are stirring throughout the celebrations.The group convenes in significant figures, similarly as it triggers the non-stop motion on the streets daily. Because multiple immediate cities have come to imbibe the countryside gaieties, different themes in dance moves, food eats, and street acts have now evolved.
The festivities have come to diversify the way Brazil projects an entirely unique culture during the Festa Junina that neither of the world adventurers will ever miss.
Street dancing is almost non-stop at the annual Festa Junina in Brazil. In the previous photo are typical homegrown cooking that is specially prepared for the June festivities.