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By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In Rio and Brazil, Christmas is an occasion for family gatherings, festive holiday meals and a religious and cultural celebration along with billions of people around the globe. Essentially a Christian holiday, Christmas is a highlight in Brazil’s summer calendar, and is also celebrated by many non-Christians too.

Even though people traditionally spend the Christmas holiday at home, Rio can be quite eventful on December 24th and 25th. From parties to church masses, including big dinners in some of the best restaurants in Zona Sul (South Zone), there are . . .

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