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Brazilian images of Rio de Janeiro
November 2, 2008, 12:09 am
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Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro (“River of January”), is the second largest city of Brazil, after São Paulo. The city is capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro. It was the capital of Brazil for almost two centuries, from 1763 to 1822 while it was a Portuguese colony and from 1822 to 1960 as an independent nation. It was the capital of the Portuguese Empire from 1808 to 1821. Commonly known as just Rio, the city is also nicknamed A Cidade Maravilhosa, or “The Marvelous City”.

Apart from Carnaval, New Year is also a major event in Rio. It’s celebrated with concerts and firework displays all around Rio, the largest one being in Copacabana beach. People wear white clothes, and some of them make offerings to Iemanjá, a deity in many of the Afro-Brazilian religions (e.g. Candomble, Umbanda, Macumba).
There are several significant museums in Rio as well. Among them are the Quinta da Boa Vista (which includes the National Museum of Brazil), the Native Art Museum (primitives, with the largest collection of native paintings in the world, and the Indian Museum.
Rio also has one of the world’s most talked-about nightlife. Rio has a lot of nightclubs where the rich enjoy themselves and party the night away.
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