Celebrating Christmas & Réveillon In Brazil

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and soon enough it will be 2016. With the strong dollar, this may be the best time to sneak south of the border to spend a unique holiday season in Brazil! Christmas is one of the most important annual festivals in Brazil, a major Christian nation. Brazil is home to the world’s …

12 Symbols and Traditions of Day of the Dead You Should Know

This week Puerto Vallarta, and all of Mexico, begins celebrations for the Day of the Dead celebrations, an honoring of those who have passed. 1) Altar: Many people make altars or “ofrendas” (offerings) in their homes to honor their loved ones who have died. 2) Ofrenda (Offering): It is used to refer to the things that are placed on the …

Reveillon Dinners in New Orleans ~ Culinary Christmas Tradition

History In the 19th century, Catholics would fast December 24th. Following midnight mass at St. Louis Cathedral, feasting would start with a large family meal lasting into the wee hours of the morning. A second reveillon dinner was celebrated New Year’s Eve that would include friends as well a relatives. As the season became more commercialized, this traditional Creole custom …