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By Mary Bolling Blackiston, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - With Easter (known as Páscoa in Portuguese) rapidly approaching, it is time for Rio residents to start planning for this special holiday. Brazil, being a country of predominately Christians, and an estimated 125 million Catholics (64 percent of the population), makes a proper celebration that extends past just Easter Sunday, which this year falls on April 20th.

Good Friday (Sexta Paixão) is a national holiday, but many businesses and schools extend the holiday to include Thursday and the following Monday, as well.  The long Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?