Celebrating with a Traditional Christmas Dinner in Brazil

Family gatherings and a big Christmas Dinner is central to the holiday celebrations in Brazil.

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Celebrating Christmas in Brazil may seem completely foreign to those from the Northern Hemisphere where the cold and snowy winter is a primary ingredient. Yet family gatherings and a big Ceia de Natal (Christmas Dinner) is a consistent theme, and when it comes to the menu there are plenty of things to cheer about.

The main dishes served for the holiday in Brazil are a Christmas turkey and bacalhau (codfish). The turkey is traditionally served with white rice flavored with walnuts.

Bacalhau is dried and salted cod, and there . . .

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