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Events 2020 Ouro Preto

Updated: Jun 12, 2023

Plan your trip to Brazil, Ouro Preto and add some interessting events to be more envolved to the local culture. Here it is Cultural and Religious events for next months in Ouro Preto. The highlights are the celebration to Nossa Senhora do Rosário, Santa Efigênia and Chico Rei; Carnival and Holy Week.

You travelers in Brazil have a great opportunity to experience the history by means of the sounds, dances and typical habits. Those exploring Brazil in Ouro Preto should participate to such religious feasts and folklore.

Here are the highlights!

NOSSA SENHORA DO ROSÁRIO and SANTA EFIGÊNIA

The celebration to the slaves protectors Nossa Senhora do Rosário and Saint Efigênia since the Colonial Times of Brazil. At that time the church authorized the various groups to celebrate their saints of devotion to their style. Clothes, instruments, and other accessories were introduced into Catholic processions.

It is a beautiful colorful and different Afro-Christian procession called Congado.

As an African heritage, the celebration is moved by faith with joy, music and dance, enchanting the streets of Ouro Preto.Together with the devotion to Nossa Senhora do Rosário and Santa Efigênia also the honors to Chico Rei.

According to the tradition, Chico Rei who came from Congo was brought as a slave to Brazil. In Ouro Preto, he managed to buy his freedon and other countrymen, who considered him “king”. Many Congados’s processions groups from other cities hold the essency of africans counMozambique, Marujos, Caboclos, Catopés from many regions of the state.

WHEN and WHERE

2020 January 6. The Congado procession goes from the Santa Efigenia Church to the Mina do Chico Rei.

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CARNIVAL

Ouro Preto is one of the most famous Carnival’s destinies in Brazil. A small Salvadors street’s Carnival stage version. About and 30.000 people from all of Brazil come here. And most important, very save! Diversity of music and genres are well respected here. Come and check it out!

WHEN and WHERE

2020 February 25. We celebrate one week before and it starts at 2pm to 2am. EVERY DAY! Meeting Point Praça Tiradentes, Rua Conde Bobadela, Rua São José.

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HOLY WEEK

The holy week stands out, from April, when the town has already recovered from the traditional carnival feast and transformed into a stage of unwavering faith.

Holy Week, the Christian celebration commemorating the Passion of Jesus Christ, takes place between Palm Sunday and Easter. To receive the processions, the streets are covered with colored sand and decorated with flowers.

WHEN and WHERE

This year from 5 to 11th April.

The Palm procession (Praça Tiradentes) will take place on the Sunday Afternoon before Passion Friday (Igreja São Francisco de Assis ou Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosário) at 8 p.m. Easter procession (Praça Tiradentes) on Sunday at 7am and the night before you can help the faithful people to prepare the processions carpet. It starts at 10 p.m.

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