Brazilian Harvest Festival

In Brazil, Thanksgiving is celebrated as the day to show gratitude to God for the entire year’s harvest. In southern Brazil, it is a sort of expressing gratitude to Almighty for an enormous harvest. Though acclaimed for its Carnival celebrations they cannot be undermined in other festivities.

Brazilian Harvest Festival

The Brazilian Thanksgiving fete is not very different from the Thanksgiving festivals of other cultures. The Thanksgiving Day in Brazil is commemorated on the fourth Thursday of November. ‘Dia de Acao de Gracas’, means Thanksgiving Day in Portugese. In Brazil, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated to express gratitude and appreciation to the Almighty for the abundant harvest throughout the year and for all his blessings. The Thanksgiving Day in Brazil is also known for its huge carnival.

A Thanksgiving is incomplete without the exquisite meal. Brazil’s Thanksgiving is commemorated with a great feast in every household. In every home, a spectacular feast is prepared on Thanksgiving and is shared among friends and families.

‘Peru’ is the traditional main course of the Thanksgiving feast in Brazil. Other dishes prepared are mashed potatoes, corn stuffing, pumpkin pie, sweet potato dish, ‘Chile’ pork crackling and so on.

In Brazil cranberries are not available and so, instead of the traditional cranberry sauce prepared in U.S and Canada, the Brazilians make the ‘jaboticaba sauce’. The jaboticaba fruits are very similar to cranberries and therefore, make the perfect substitute for the conventional, cranberry sauce.

Wishing all readers Happy Thanksgiving 2017 !!!

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