The Best of the “Festa Junina” Season in São Paulo: Where and When

Until late July, dozens of "Festa Junina" parties will be popping up in traditional churches, public squares, and even nightclubs across the city to celebrate Brazil's Northeastern culture.

By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - When June begins, the festive mood takes over the country. Although Festa Junina is a real phenomenon in Northeastern Brazil, the party has become a tradition in basically all parts of the country, including São Paulo's capital.

Considered as relevant as Carnival -- sometimes even bigger, especially in the countryside -- Festa Junina is a faithful representation of Brazil, marked by diverse cultural influences.

The religious aspect of Festa Junina -- which celebrates Saints Anthony, Peter and John -- is derived from the Portuguese colonization and correspoinding Catholic expansion in Brazil, while some . . .

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