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SF Bay Brazilian Day & Lavagem Festival 2019
September 1 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pmFree
In it’s thirteenth year, BrasArte’s Brazilian Day Festival is the crown jewel among numerous annually hosted events. It pays homage to two major celebrations in Brazil – Brazil’s Independence Day and a recreation of a Lavagem – a cleansing ceremony using song and dance that dates back to slavery when women washed the steps of the church for the festive mass on Sundays in Salvador. The festivities unfold in Berkeley as a street party and feature a musical procession, capoeira and dance demonstrations, live music, Brazilian food and craft stands and a samba circle. The event brings together Brazilians living all over the San Francisco Bay Area and Americans of all ethnicities to celebrate the long-practiced traditions of Afro-Brazilians in Brazil.
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