Sunday, January 27, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The event runs from Jan. 22 - Feb. 24 in the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture in Sao Paulo, Brazil and features work of more than 50 street artists, representing 11 countries
SEE ALSO: MUSEUM OF SCULPTURE, SAO PAULO
|A cat-shaped wooden sculpture designed by Brazilian street artist Minhau greets visitors just outside the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture, MuBE|
|A visitor walks past a graffiti mural created by French street artist Noetwo|
|Brazilian street artist Frank spray paints a design during a demonstration|
SEE ALSO: MUSEUM OF SCULPTURE, SAO PAULO
Monday, January 21, 2013
Brazil is the place for incredible rafting adventures, thanks to its rich treasure of rivers, which can be perfectly rafted upon. The Jacaru River in the northern state of Para is certainly a top pick in this category. Crafted primarily for mild excursions, the river sports serene waters in the upper stretches of its journey. With rapids of Class II, this section of the water body is ideal for novices, children and family trips.
However, as you proceed, the Jacaru River unveils its wealth of waves and brings the most thrilling rapids. Especially in the lower section, the waterway offers rapids of Class IV, which can be tamed only by the amazing expertise of a professional or experienced rafter.In the heart of the state of Tocantins, the Rio Novo offers up the possibility of multi-day rafting adventures in beautiful scenery, camping on the river banks as you travel. Elsewhere the Juquitiba River near Sao Paulo has exciting rapids through lovely scenery and dense canyons.
The Jacare Pepira River near Brotas in Sao Paulo State is a rollercoaster of waves and also offers the chance of good tubing.
SOURCES: Splash White Water Rafting
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Sprawling over 85,000 sqm of exhibition area in Anhembi, Sao Paulo, The COUROMODA - International Fair of Shoes, Leather Goods and Fashion Accessories - will be showcasing the Brazilian leather industry, its fashion and design from Jan 14-17.
During four days the exhibition will be featuring novelties from more than 3000 brands of shoes, sneakers, bags, apparel, sporting goods, leather goods, fashion accessories, stores equipment, footwear components and technology.
The exhibitors account for 13 Brazilian states (90% of the industry´s national production).
About 35% of annual sales in the industry are initiated or forwarded at COUROMODA. This is a result of the wide variety of products that the fair presents with diverse collections ranging from the autumn / winter to midseason collections, meeting all and every need of retailers throughout the country and those of many other different types of markets, and international buyers from 64 other countries as well.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Alter do Chao is the first among the ten places with the most beautiful beaches in Brazil, according to the British newspaper The Guardian. The paper also points out the place as the world's most beautiful beaches with fresh water.
Perfect for relaxing, nature has been very generous to the fishing village, which belongs to the city of Santarém. The setting is idyllic, and holds a unique beauty since its beaches are on the banks of the Tapajós River.
Alter do Chao is the ideal place to enjoy the 'Amazonian summer' which happens between the months of August to December. The month of September is the best time to visit the location, for it is when the water flow decreases and forms sandbars and beaches, which are more visible due to the receding of the Tapajós River. The temperature in September is also milder.
Among the shows provided by nature in Alter do Chao is the meeting of the waters of the Tapajós and Amazon rivers. The crystalline waters of the Tapajós meet the muddy waters of the Amazon but do not mix, providing unforgettable moments. The Tapajós River is the only one among the tributaries of the Amazon river with crystalline waters.
Upon arrival at the village, tourists can hike and visit areas where botos dwell, a species of freshwater dolphin. Alter has good tourist infrastructure with good inns and hotels, health centers, restaurants, beaches with typical food stalls and tourism agencies. The local artistic production can also be found at craft stores, and at Alter do Chao Center one can find true Indigenous Culture and Art.
The canoe trip at Green Lake, also known as the 'Enchanted Forest' is a must see when visiting Alter do Chao. The igapós, or blackwater-flooded Amazonian forests are seasonally inundated with freshwater. The Green Lake changes colors during the day, from blue to green. The tour can be conducted between the months of February and July.
More info at: ALTER DO CHAO
Monday, January 7, 2013
Life must go on, but first let´s take a look at the national holidays for 2013:
- January 1 – New Year´s Date - Celebrates the beginning of the Gregorian calendar year. Festivities include counting down to midnight on the preceding night. Traditional end of the holiday season.
- February 12 – Carnaval - is an annual festival held forty days (or six weeks) before the beginning of Easter, ie. in the days immediately before Lent. On certain days of Lent, Roman Catholics and some other Christians traditionally abstained from the consumption of meat and poultry, hence the term "carnival," from carnelevare, "to remove (literally, "raise") meat."
- February 13 – Ash Wednesday - Ash Wednesday, in the calendar of Western Christianity, is the first day of Lent and occurs 46 days before Easter. Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a sign of mourning and repentance to God.
- March 29 – Passion of Christ - It is the Christian theological term used for the events and suffering – physical, spiritual, and mental – of Jesus in the hours before and including his trial and execution by crucifixion.
- March 31 – Easter - It is a Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament
- April 21– Tiradentes´ Day - Anniversary of the death of Tiradentes (1792), considered a national martyr for being part of the Inconfidência Mineira, an insurgent movement that aimed to establish an independent Brazilian republic.
- May 1 – Labor Day
- May 12 – Mothers´ Day
- May 30 – Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday - It commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Canonical gospels.
- June 12 – Valentines´ Day
- August 11 – Fathers´ Day
- September 7 – Independence Day - It celebrates the Declaration of Independence from Portugal on September 7, 1822.
- October 12 – Our Lady of Aparecida - It commemorates the Virgin Mary as Nossa Senhora da Conceição Aparecida, Patron Saint of Brazil. Also celebrated as Children's Day (Dia das Crianças) on the same date.
- October 15 – Teacher´s Day
- November 2 – Day of the Dead - The holiday focuses on visiting graveyards to pray for and remember family members who have died
- November 15 – Republic Day - It celebrates the end of the Empire of Brazil and the proclamation of the Brazilian Republic on November 15, 1889.
- December 25 – Christmas