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 . . .