In the southeastern region of Brazil, formed by the states of Sao Paulo , Minas Gerais , Rio de Janeiro and Espirito Santo , there is a cultural diversity richly influenced by indigenous, African, European and Asian cultures.

According to data from 1998, from IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics), the Southeast Region of Brazil has the largest number of people, totaling a population of 70,190,565 inhabitants.

Festivities, gastronomy and typical dances, among others, represent customs and cultural manifestations of the southeast region.

Southeast Region Parties

Check out the main parties of Southeast Brazil.

Southeast Region Carnival

Southeast Culture
Southeast Culture

Parade of samba schools

The most popular party in Brazil is celebrated in all states of the southeastern region, where there are parades of samba schools.

Although the parade in São Paulo has gained greater proportions in recent years, the parade in Rio de Janeiro is still the best known in Brazil and in the world.

June Festivals of the Southeast Region

Southeast Culture
Southeast Culture

Gang presentation at Festa Junina

The popular saints’ parties (Santo Antônio, São João and São Pedro), also known as hillbilly parties, are Brazilian popular celebrations especially celebrated in the Northeast and Southeast.

These parties are celebrated with the dance of the gang, and traditional foods and drinks of the time (such as hominy, popcorn, cornmeal cake, rice pudding and mulled wine).

Besides the bonfire, many June games are present at these parties, which are decorated with flags and colorful paper balloons. They are: chain, elegant mail, fishing, among others.

Other celebrations celebrated

Southeast Culture
Southeast Culture

Ticumbi, State of Espírito Santo Party

Check below a list with some more typical parties celebrated in the Southeast.

  • Feast of the Lord Jesus of Pirapora
  • Bumba party my ox
  • Caiapo Party
  • Cavalhadas Party
  • Congado Party
  • Feast of the Divine
  • Iemanja Party
  • Cowboy Pawn Party
  • Folia de Reis or Reisado
  • Feast of the Kings of Ox
  • New Year’s Eve Party
  • Rosary Feast
  • Ticumbi Party

Southeast Region Dances

Check out some of the dances present in the culture of the Southeast.

Hit arrows

Southeast Culture
Southeast Culture

Hit arrows

It is a religious dance, in praise of São Sebastião, typically from Espírito Santo. In this dance, the dancers (men and women) use two arrows each to set rhythm along with the stamping of their feet.

Stick miner

Southeast Culture
Southeast Culture

Stick miner

It is a typical dance of Minas Gerais that only involves men, who use wooden sticks to set the pace of the choreography.

Other Southeast Region Dances

  • Drumming
  • Capoeira *
  • Catira
  • Caxambu
  • Ciranda
  • Congo
  • Azorean dance
  • German dance
  • Green cane dance
  • Anteater dance
  • S. Gonçalo Dance
  • Old man dancing
  • Fandango
  • funk
  • Jongo
  • Gang
  • Handkerchief Samba

* Originally, capoeira is a martial art that mixes fight, culture, sport, dance and music.

Southeast Region Music

With regard to music, the most well-known musical expression of the Southeast region comprises the following styles:

  • Bossa nova
  • Pagoda
  • Samba
  • Cry
  • funk
  • Lundu

Southeast Region Sights

Despite being known for its famous beaches such as Copacabana Beach, the two symbols that mirror Rio de Janeiro tourism are Christ the Redeemer , (also called Corcovado because of the hill where it is located) and the Bondinho do Rio. Sugar Loaf.

Southeast Culture
Southeast Culture

Christ the Redeemer and Cable Car Sugar Loaf

In the state of Sao Paulo, one of the major highlights with regard to sights is the Ibirapuera Park.

Southeast Culture
Southeast Culture

Ibirapuera Park in Sao Paulo

In the state of Minas Gerais, among the many tourist attractions, one of the most outstanding places is the historic center of the city of Ouro Preto.

Southeast Culture
Southeast Culture

Tiradentes Square in the historic center of Ouro Preto

Finally, as one of the main tourist attractions of the state of Espírito Santo, we have the Pedra Azul State Park.

Southeast Culture
Southeast Culture

Natural Pools of the Pedra Azul State Park, in Espírito Santo

Southeast Region Cuisine

Rio de Janeiro is the home state of Brazil’s best-known Brazilian dish in the world.The well known and appreciated feijoada is a carioca delicacy.

Southeast Culture
Southeast Culture

Brazilian Feijoada

Sao Paulo is the second city in the world that consumes the most pizza and, therefore, has great pizzerias.

In Minas Gerais, Minas cheese or Minas cheese, cheese bread and dulce de leche are very much appreciated nationally.

Southeast Culture
Southeast Culture

Minas cheese accompanied with guava

In Espírito Santo, in turn, the typical dish is the moqueca capixaba, a dish that is accompanied by the pirão.

Southeast Culture
Southeast Culture

Moqueca Capixaba

Other Dishes from Southeast Region

The cuisine of the southeastern region is quite rich. In addition to the dishes above, we still find:

  • Angu
  • Cod cake
  • Cornmeal cake
  • couscous
  • Crumbs
  • Tropeiro beans
  • Cassava or cassava
  • pirão
  • Facing the paulista
  • Bean Tutu

Southeast Region Myths and Legends

A series of myths and legends bring richness to the folklore of the Southeast. See some examples.

Werewolf

The Werewolf is represented by a man who turns into a wolf on a full moon night.

Southeast Culture
Southeast Culture

Werewolf

Headless mule

The Headless Mule is represented by a little donkey that, instead of the head, has flames of fire.

Southeast Culture
Southeast Culture

Headless mule

Other Southeast Region Myths and Legends

  • Invisible horse
  • Curupira
  • Mass of the Dead
  • Bogeyman

Religion in the Southeast Region

By especially Portuguese influence most of the population of the southeastern region is Catholic.

Religion is present in the major cultural marks located in this region of Brazil.

The Basilica of Our Lady Aparecida in Sao Paulo, for example, is the second largest basilica in the world, behind only St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

Our Lady Aparecida is the patron saint of Brazil and so, on the day dedicated to her (October 12), thousands of devotees go to the Catholic temple.

Religion in the Southeast Region

By especially Portuguese influence most of the population of the southeastern region is Catholic.

Religion is present in the major cultural marks located in this region of Brazil.

The Basilica of Our Lady Aparecida in Sao Paulo, for example, is the second largest basilica in the world, behind only St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

Our Lady Aparecida is the patron saint of Brazil and so, on the day dedicated to her (October 12), thousands of devotees go to the Catholic temple.

Southeast Culture
Southeast Culture

Shrine of Our Lady Aparecida, Sao Paulo

Christ the Redeemer, in Rio de Janeiro, was considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world and is also second worldwide in terms of the greatest sculpture of Christ.

The statue is a tourist poster of Brazil in the world.

Southeast Culture
Southeast Culture

Christ the Redeemer

The São Francisco de Assis Church in Minas Gerais was considered one of the seven wonders of Portuguese origin in the world.

The famous sculptor known as Aleijadinho worked almost three decades in his architecture.

Southeast Culture
Southeast Culture

Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Minas Gerais

The Penha Convent, in Espírito Santo, is one of the oldest sanctuaries in Brazil and is considered historical and cultural heritage. It is the largest tourist attraction in the state.

Southeast Culture
Southeast Culture

Penha Convent in Espírito Santo

Other religions of the Southeast Region

  • Spiritism
  • Umbanda
  • Candomblé
  • Evangelical religion
  • Buddhism
  • Messianism
  • Anglicanism

Southeast Region Games

Like the other regions of Brazil, the great cultural diversity of the Southeast Region is also reflected in the traditional games.

Southeast Culture
Southeast Culture

Hopscotch is one of the most popular games in the Southeast

Toda Matéria has separated a selection with the best known games and games of the Southeast region of Brazil. Check out!

  • Blind snake
  • Hopscotch
  • Marble
  • Taco or stick in tin
  • Flag or steal flag
  • Yellow cow
  • Cockfight

Curiosities about the Southeast Region

Southeast Culture
Southeast Culture

Port of Santos, Sao Paulo

  • The oldest city in Brazil, São Vicente, is in the Southeast Region, more specifically in the state of São Paulo.
  • Minas Gerais is the Brazilian state with the most municipalities, accounting for a total of 853.
  • Rio de Janeiro was once the capital of Brazil.
  • The largest port complex in Latin America is in the southeastern region of Brazil.This is the Port of Santos, in the state of Sao Paulo.
  • The Southeast is the most populous Brazilian region.


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