• Carnival is the most famous holiday in Brazil

    Carnival is the most famous holiday in Brazil EFE/Antonio LacerdaGet ready for the masks, the samba music, and all the festivities that make the Carnival Festival so famous in Brazil. Carnival or Carnaval in Portuguese is celebrated in many Catholic countries in South America and Europe. But the Carnival festival in Rio is the highlight of them all.

    Carnival is a four day celebration to give a farewell to the time of celebration prior to the beginning of the season of lent. It is basically a four day period of fun before the traditional fast of lent. The term Carnival comes from carnelevare which means “remove meat”. Traditionally during lent you cannot eat meat and poultry products on Friday’s and you must give up one thing that is important to you like drinking coffee for 40 days. So before you get ready for that the Carnival festival gives you a little over indulgence.

    Prior to the actual festival there are several carnival balls which are very famous and extravagant. The festival consists of lots of parades with exotic costumes in the traditional gold, purple, and green colors. The parades are lead by the Samba schools and watched by the millions of citizens and tourists that come for the celebration. The schools actual compete to participate in the annual Carnival festival. The parades are generally televised and broadcast internationally as well.  (more…)

  • Things to know about vacationing in Brazil

    Things to know about vacationing in Brazil - Rio de JaneiroBrazil is the fifth largest country in the world. And home to some of the greatest beaches in the world. It is the future home of the 2014 World Cup and Olympic Games 2016 and known for its fabulous Carnival celebrations. If you are planning a trip to Brazil in the near future here are some tips for you.

    Language

    The main language is Portuguese but in many of the tourist areas they will also speak English and Spanish. The Portuguese they speak in Brazil is however different from traditional Portuguese spoken in Portugal. It is a separate dialect.

    History

    It was colonized by the Portuguese during the Colonization Period and did not receive its independence until the 1800’s. Much of the Portuguese culture can still be seen today. Many other European countries tried to colonize the area but thanks to a treaty in 1700’s, Portugal was given all of Brazil. Brazil received its independence from Portugal in 1822.  (more…)

  • Why To Visit Brazil

    Why To Visit Brazil - Corumbau - Praia BaianaWhether you are searching for a fascinating trip vacation destination to invest your holiday’s moments, hunting for a place to invest your bucks or perhaps want to have awesome leisure time inside a wonderful sunny location, Brazil is simply for you! Why you need to go there?

    You will find lots of reasons why to go to Brazil. An advanced sports fan you will not possibly require any more reasons, because as the coming events, “FIFA World Cup 2014” and “Summer Olympics 2016” being a strong reason. But also for other folks there is also one thing fascinating. For instance; miles long exotic beaches. Those seashores possess wonderful golden sands and also clear marine environments. Brazil’s seashores are usually the focal point to see relatives and also some buddies to invest quality moments together. If you do not like simply lounging back again as well as calming on the fine mud you can choose beach volleyball.

    Looking for more amusement? Fine: Rio Carnival. Brazilian everyone loves to get together, this is exactly why they have their own unique circus. This occurs each year in the month of February. So once a year Rio de Janeiro serves the 1000s of stunning as well as fun-filled folks desired to glance at the loss of feelings of the best event of the world. As well as the Brazilians are also famous as a “musical nation”. They will love to perform, chuckle, tune in to hot songs. Not to mention they’re a passionate associated with dance. These people not only like to do this but in addition discover how. Their own Latino design can be liked all across the globe.  (more…)

  • Brazil prepares for major tourism boost

    Christ the Redeemer - Statue in Rio de JaneiroSipping a very cold beer on Rio de Janeiro’s famous Copacabana beach, it is immediately obvious that Brazil has huge potential as a tourist destination. As the city’s young and beautiful strut their stuff under the azure sky, the sea in front of you, and mountains towering behind you, Rio is a picturesque spot. Add weather seemingly sent direct from heaven by Christ the Redeemer himself, who in statue form towers above the city, and Rio should be packed full of gringos (foreigners). Instead Brazil in general remains relatively untapped as a holiday destination.

    In 2010, the number of overseas visitors to the country totalled 5.2 million, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. This meant that Brazil did not even feature in the global top 10, and it was dwarfed by world number one France, 76.8 million, and number two, the US, 60 million. There are numerous reasons why Brazil remains off the main holiday map, but perhaps the biggest two are the fact it is rather a long way from Europe and the US, and a perception of high crime levels. Flavio Dino, the president of Embratur, the Brazilian Tourist Board, told the BBC Business website that running a successful 2014 World Cup, and 2016 summer Olympics in Rio, will help to more than double the number of people visiting the country by 2020.  (more…)

  • Brazil poised to enter top five world economies

    Brazil poised to enter top five world economiesIt is one of the world’s fastest growing economies, and as the latest figures demonstrate, Brazil shows no signs of slowing down. While investment continued to flow into the country last year, the South American nation’s economy grew by 7.5%, its fastest pace in 24 years, putting its current GDP at $2.1 trillion.

    Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega stated that further revision in World Bank and IMF figures was likely to push the country up two more spots. “If we consider prices and purchasing power, a pending homework from the World Bank and IMF, Brazil’s GDP is $3.6 trillion, which places us in fifth place ahead of France and the UK”, said Mantega.

    Growth in local agriculture and manufacturing industries played a large role in the increase, while overall investment in the nation increased by a huge 21.8%.

    The Brazilian government has acted promptly to cool inflation and growth rates, however, with the Central Bank having increased interest rates by half a per cent earlier this week. President Dilma Rousseff stated her administration would maintain “a reasonable, sustainable and standing growth rate” to ensure Brazil remained a stable choice for investors. “We’ll keep an eye on stability and another on investment”, she said.

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  • Brazil Economy achieves highest growth in 25 years

    Brazil Economy achieves highest growth in 25 years - Rio de JaneiroGDP figures for 2010 show Brazil has achieved the highest economic growth in 25 years and could place the country among the world’s top five economies. According to numbers released yesterday by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), the GDP at the Latin American powerhouse increased 7.5% last year, or R$ 3.67tr ($2.2tr), a record high since 1986. Sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing industries played a large role in the increase, with yearly growth reaching 6.5% and 10.1% respectively. Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega was quoted as saying that further revision in World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) figures could position the country as the world’s fifth largest economy, ahead of the UK and Italy.

    Economic indicators recently seen in other developed nations pale in comparison: the US economy posted a rise in GDP figures for 2010 of only 2.9%, while Germany achieved 3.6% and Japan, 3.9%. Other countries have seen barely any growth: Italy is an example, where GDP saw a 1.1% increase. Some, like Spain, have not seen growth at all and Greece posted a negative rate of -4.5%.

    Among the Bric economies, Brazil ranked third, behind India, where growth reached 8.6% and China, where GDP figures rose by 10.3%. Russia had the poorest result, with a 3.8% increase. Analysts expect that GDP growth in Brazil will reach approximately 4-5% in 2011.

    The news of the rise in Brazil’s GDP coincide with the visit of IMF’s director-general Dominique Strauss-Kahn to president Dilma Rousseff and finance minister Mantega.