Brazil is the largest Catholic country in the world, and Easter is celebrated all throughout the country – specially far away from the capitals.
The celebration that attracts a bigger following is the reconstruction of the Passion of Christ in the city of Nova Jerusalém, state of Pernambuco. Nova Jerusalém is a city where a giant permanent stage was been built some time ago. The reconstruction of the Passion attracts hundreds of thousands of faithful souls every year.
Another popular Holy Week celebration is the Procissão do Fogareu in Goiás. It resembles closely the tradicional Easter parades in Spain – not by coincidence, the tradition was introduce by a Spanish priest nearly three centuries ago. It’s the only place in Brazil where you will find people wearing pointed hoods.
The Cidades Históricas in Minas Gerais, São João del Rei, Congonhas, Ouro Preto and Mariana in particular, are also well known for their Holy Week celebrations.
Another place with processions is Olinda, in the state of Pernambuco.