The months of January to March are dominated by Carnival festivities, which begin on New
Year's Eve. The first week of January is the most intense, with the main partying taking
place on Boa Viagem Beach. Attractions include street groups, trocas, frevo clubs, giant
dolls, caboclinhos, maracatus, bumbus-meu-boi, and numerous balls.
Feasting takes place all month in homage to Saints Anthony, Peter, and John. The
festivities include accordion bands, art exhibitions, and dancing.
The Winter Festivities of the City of Garanhus (date varies). Garanhus is located about
225km from Recife, and its festival includes exhibitions of art, photography, video,
literature, dance, and theater. Accompanying the shows, of course, is plenty of food and
The Cowboy's Mass, third Sunday of July. Based in the interior
city of Serrita--530km from Recife, the Cowboy's Mass celebrates local rural
highlight is an outdoor mass of hundreds of Brazilian Cowboys dressed in
traditional clothing, and the festivities surrounding the mass include rodeos,
singing, and feasting
on local cuisine.
Folklore Month. Month-long exhibitions of local folkloric traditions.
Surubim Rodeo (date varies). The most famous rodeo in Brazil's Northeast.
Recifolia (date varies). A weekend-long "mini- Carnival" on
Boa Viagem Beach.
Northeast Fair of Animals and Derivative Products (date varies), in the suburb of
Cordeiro. Exhibitions and contests featuring local livestock.
Christmas Seranade (date varies). Beginning at Olinda's Seminary, a
singing procession winds through the streets of the historical city.
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