Natal Festivals

Natal has many festivals during the year, including their own Carnival.  Festivals in Natal often have some religious undertone to them, and often blend in with the culture and history of the area. It's not difficult to find some festival or event taking place in Natal almost year round, because of the large and diverse population that resides in this beautiful city.   Someone is always celebrating an event in Natal!

 

Our Lady of Aparecida National SanctuaryBrazil Patron Saint´s Day Festivities - MAP On October 12, to celebrate three dates, but few remember them all: Our Lady of Aparecida, Brazil's official patron, Children's Day and the Discovery of America. Our national holiday, however, is due only to the first date, and although the devotion to the Saint dates back to the eighteenth century gone, was only enacted in 1980. There are two sources found on the image, which are in the Archives of the Metropolitan Curia of Aparecid...
CarnatalCarnatal - MAP 7 The biggest off-season carnival in Brazil owns a mega structure, making it an absolute success. Carnatal is unanimity in the four corners of the country. A world of joy for all the tribes. Of euphoric young adults to exercise restraint, but not quite. Politicians and businessmen to street vendors who have fun while doing business. A party that thrills and excites even those who are accustomed to seeing crowds to enjoy the grea...
Christmas festivities in NatalChristmas festivities in Natal - MAP Christmas in Natal occurs in the month of December, on the beaches of Ponta Negra and Meio and the City Centre, performing folkloric presentations, fireworks show and the traditional Iemanjá Party. Also celebrating the Christmas festivities, the Christmas in the City Centre is always on December 22. It is a spectacle of the street, where there is a meeting of all the city's cultural events, such as folk groups, gangs, bonfire, sam...
Festa de Nossa Senhora da ApresentacaoFesta de Nossa Senhora da Apresentação - MAP 7 Our Lady of the Presentation is the patron saint of Natal, and the festival beings on November 21 of each year.    The festival begins with a Mass at the Rosary Stone, followed by a procession through the streets of Downtown Natal, which then ends at the New Cathedral where a secondary mass is held.  It is coordinated on behalf of the Archdiocese of Natal, which receives support from the municipal government for t...
Festa de Santos ReisFesta de Santos Reis - MAP 7 Feast of Three Kings takes place during the first week of each year from Jan 1st to Jan 6th in the neighborhood of Santos Reis.  The festival is religious in nature and coordinated by the Church and the Community Council, with the support of the City of Natal.  The program consists of massses, novenas, processions, presentations of folklore, concert with local bands and kiosks with typical food and beverages.   ...
Festa JuninaFesta Junina - 7 Festa Junina takes place  on June 24th of each year and is one of the oldest and most popular celebrations of the year.   This festival was introduced to Northeastern Brazil by the Portuguese, for whom St John's day is still one of their most popular holidays, and which is still celebrated in several other European countries as well.   The Brazilian festivities do not take place during summer solstice,...
MapFestival de Quadrilhas de Natal - Ciclo Junino - MAP 6 June brings one of the most anticipated celebrations in Brazil, June Feasts. The celebrations in honor of the saints of June is a strong tradition in the north and northeast. Typical meals, bonfires, country music, "quadrilhas" and games make up these various parties so dear among Brazilians.Brought to Brazil by the Portuguese in Europe June Feasts there since the fourth century. In the beginning was just celebrated the birthday of St. ...
MapMother´s Day in Natal - MAP 3 In Brazil Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, and is considered a very important date. It is the second most important gifting holiday, on which over half of all gifters purchase a gift. That puts Mother's Day right behind Christmas in gifting popularity.   Weeks before Mother's Day advertisements on television, newspapers and radio stations enhance products in special offers and promotion...
MapNatal Carnival - MAP The Carnival is undoubtedly the most popular festival in Brazil and one of the most popular worldwide, attracting tourists from all over the planet. In Brazil, the celebration usually begins on the Friday night before the beginning of Lent and usually ends the night of Tuesday prior to Ash Wednesday (which is the first day of Lent in the Western Christian calendar). Nevertheless, in some Brazilian cities extend the party, often exten...
New Year's Eve in NatalNew Year´s Eve in Natal - MAP Christmas The New Year is also celebrated Christmas on the edge of town. According to the Secretariat of Tourism of Rio Grande do Norte, 2 million tourists pass through the city every year. Dunes, beaches and rafts are the most popular attractions in the region of Natal. Every year the city makes fireworks in various parts of the coast .... Ponta Negra is one of those points ... there is an armed stage where concerts t...