Religion

A statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro
A statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

In Brazil there are a number of different religions:
  • 74% Roman Catholic
  • 15% Protestant
  • 7% not religious
  • 4% other religions

Although most people in Brazil are Catholic, a law was passed in 1889 that said that Brazil no longer had an official religion.

Celebrations

The carnival in Rio
The carnival in Rio

The carnival in Rio de Janeiro is a world famous festival held before lent every year and is considered the biggest carnival in the world with two million people per day. The festivals in Rio started in 1723. The carnival parade is filled with people and floats from various samba schools, which can either be actual schools or just collections of local neighbours who want to attend carnival.

The carnival is a competition between is the samba schools. Each school chooses a theme and works to build their floats and costumes, and to include the best music they can can from their band (called the bateria).