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By Ciara Long, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Home to one of the world’s largest Catholic populations, and with a growing evangelical population, Easter traditions in Brazil often have their basis in gathering friends and family together over the long weekend. Known as Pascoa in Portuguese, Easter this year falls on Sunday, April 16th.

Today, Friday April 14th, is a national holiday in Brazil as the country observes Good Friday (Sexta Paixão). Many schools and businesses throughout the country will be closed for the day, as part of Semana Santa (Holy Week) observances. Many families will also . . .

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