By Anna Kaiser and Levi Michaels, Contributing Reporters

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The long Easter (or Páscoa in Portuguese) weekend, known as “Semana Santa” is a unique time in Rio and all of Brazil whether one is seeking a spiritual celebration or just enjoyable festivities. In addition to religious celebrations and Easter traditions, Semana Santa is also a popular time for vacations and non-religious events.

While Good Friday (Sexta Paixão) is a national holiday, many businesses and schools also give days off on Thursday and Monday, so events throughout the Cidade Maravilhosa and all of Brazil start . . .

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