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Colors of Ilha Grande - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Locals are known for their tranquil and peaceful temper. People here always try to resolve an argument by a simple conversation and to reduce tension by joking. Fighting here is a very rare phenomenon. Still, Ilha Grande is not the best place for alone night walks. The level of criminality is much lower than in the country in general and most locals try not to deal with tourists. Nevertheless, you should follow some basic rules: keep an eye on your personal stuff, do not show that you have a big amount of money along in the public places, do not walk around the territory alone in the night time, do not accept precarious offers from strangers. The locals are pretty communicative, but still, it’s believed to be indecent to come and talk to an unfamiliar girl.
Today Ilha Grande is a recognized tourist destination, but a few decades ago it was closed to travelers. There was a large prison, where dangerous criminals were imprisoned. There was the … Open
The islanders’ basic principle is the Brazilian «jeitinho brasileiro». It can be interpreted as «the Brazilian demeanor» with a slight shade of neglect. If you try to express all the diversification of the term in one proverb, then it would be the «put off till tomorrow what you don’t want to do today».The locals are probably non-punctual and it’s not just about constant lateness to meetings and dates’ defaults. Here on the island, TV broadcasts are always late on schedule, official events never start on time, and nobody follows transport timetables. And still, concerning all these peculiarities, the locals try to get out of all the possible situations which could appear because of the attitude to life just with bare efforts.
All in all, the islanders have a light attitude to life. An ability to find a way out of a hard situation by a couple of easy actions is a part of the local national mentality. People here tell so many jokes every day so you start wondering why is it still impossible to produce electricity by humor. Remember, if you were invited for a dinner at 9 o’clock, it’s better to come 15 minutes later so a host can manage to prepare everything needed. Nobody expects you to come on time. So, if you invite a local to go somewhere, take into consideration that he or she will certainly be late. You also have to remember that almost none of the locals speak English (except for the tourism employees). Copyright
Ilha Grande has been an extremely attractive tourist destination for the last decays. The access to the island used to be denied not only for travelers but for Brazilians as well because of … Open
If you ask an islander «How are you (Tudo bem)?» they will always say «I’m fine (Tudo)» even if it’s not true. What about the interior, you won’t find any wallpapers or carpets in the local houses; on the other hand, there will be at least two baths. For the locals, it’s hard to understand how is it possible to live in a house with only one bathroom. If you have dark-blond or even brown hair, then don’t even try to argue with those who would call you blond, blonde, loiro or loira. And don’t be surprised if you would meet Brazilians with fair hair and blue eyes here on the island. They’re not immigrants from Europe, but absolutely true locals. People here a very tolerant and they don’t bully people for their skin color, nationality or religion.
Aqueduto da Ilha Grande-RJ Both men and women from the island are really emotional. Perhaps this is the reason why the Brazilian series are so much popular. And the same thing with football. Not only men root for their favorite teams but also women. Almost all the local families have more than two children, even though islanders get married quite late. And people don’t really believe in «love for a first sight». Mostly, couples are dating for 5-10 years before marriage. Close romantic relations between relatives – and not only the close ones, but also relationships with cousins, great-nephews, etc. – are actually supported by society. The locals are tremendously passionate and extremely jealous. They like to sort things out between each other with all the heat and passion.
As soon as you arrive at Ilha Grande, allocate some time and money to taste the local cuisine. Here you can find a quirky mix of original Indian dishes (which were brought to the island from … Open
The islanders are very religious. About 70% of them attend churches. Christian holidays are very popular and they’re celebrated greatly, especially Easter, Our Lady Apparition, Epiphany, and Christmas, of course. They also celebrate New Year and in this day they’re wearing white clothes and wish each other «Feliz Ano Novo!» - «Happy New Year!». But the biggest celebrations take place during the days of the February Carnivals. It includes processions in different costumes, fairs, performances, and, of course, non-stopping dancing and singing.
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Ilha Grande
♥   Catedral São Francisco Xavier, Itaguaí, 49.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Catedral Sant’Ana, Barra do Piraí, 81.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique landmarks in Ilha Grande and around

Rio carnaval

From the series “Most Enchanting and Vibrant Festivals”
In the Middle Ages the carnival was considered a holiday of the poor. Over and over again it was banned, but each time the locals managed to defend their right to a holiday. For hundreds of years the carnival has become a large-scale celebration. Preparations for the Rio Carnival go on for months before the event and hundreds of thousands of people are involved in the preparation. Despite the fact that the modern holiday has lost its identity and historic charm, it remains an event of huge proportions. … Read further

Copacabana Beach

From the series “Dangerous and Treacherous Beaches That Can Be Lethal”
The beach length is quite large and forms about 4 000 meters. Along the beach there is an incredibly beautiful Avenida Atlantica, with countless cozy restaurants and shops. Today one can hardly imagine that a small fishing village Copacabana was located just a few decades ago on the site of today's giant beach resort. In recent decades, this district has been known not only for its active infrastructure, but also for its crime. … Read further
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