By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Ministry of Tourism (MTur) forecasts Brazilians will make 3.24 million domestic trips during the extended holiday weekend between October 11th and 15th. They also predict an economic impact of R$6.7 billion at the destinations visited.

The Dia de Nossa Senhora Aparecida (Day of Our Lady Aparecida) is celebrated on October 12th and is considered a national holiday in Brazil, honoring the patroness of the country. The Dia de Nossa Senhora Aparecida was officially instituted in 1980.

In addition to honoring the patroness of Brazil, this Friday is . . .

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