June Bonfire Festivals
Bonfire Festival © Leonardo Pallotta
This integral part of Brazilian folklore and culture is a New World twist on an old European tradition. Coinciding with the feasts of St Anthony, St John and St Peter, bonfire festivals are held in Rio's squares, clubs, schools and churches in the month of June. Warmly illuminated by bonfires, the events feature mock country weddings, where couples leap over crackling flames, and stalls decorated with streamers and lanterns are set up to resemble village markets. Spectacular fireworks are accompanied by a good deal of dancing, drinking and eating. Although travellers seldom visit Brazil exclusively for these charming bonfire celebrations, it would be a great pity to miss out.
Date: June 2021