Solare Hoteis Bellagio
Rua 28 Quadra 21, Lote 1 - Ponta d, Sao Luis de Maranhao, State of Maranhao, Brazil
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Tambor de Crioula - Afro-Brazilian Tradition
One of the most popular rituals in Afro-Brazilian culture of Maranhao is Tambor de Crioula, a celebration based on music and dance that mix faith and entertainment. It's a homage to Sao Benedito (black saint and the son of slaves native of Italy) organized in the open air on any time of the year, to celebrate dates, remarkable moments or pay promises.
There are three drums in ensemble. The first is called "tambor grande" (the name already tell, it's the main, the biggest and it functions as solo of ensemble); the second is called "sucador" (it's the one of a middle size and has the function to hold and gives scoring the rhythm) and the third is called "quirimbador" (it's the smallest drum and it makes the most rapid sound that gives the greatest joy).
Men's function is to play instruments and draw the tune, while women's is to dance and sing. Whirling and gyrating in time to the music women negotiate for prime position in the centre of the bateria. Printed skirts, bracelets and necklaces compound cheerful women's clothes.
The majority of groups that keep alive the culture of Tambor de Crioula is connected with the association Bumba-meu-boi, another fundamental tradition of Maranhao.
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São Luís do Maranhão
"Brazilian Culture & History"
São Luís was a real good surprise for us as Brazilian tourists for both its fantastic views and its typical Brazilian culture, expressed by the June Feasts called "Festa de Boi-Bumbá" or "Bumba-Meu-Boi".
A colonial tale is revived every year in the form of a truly popular expression of customs which can be experienced by everyone in every corner of the city.
Besides its cultural side, São Luís is also a historical colonial town in Brazil and one of the most important ports during colonial times. Sites of interest can be visited in the "old town".
Complementing its historical and cultural blood are many gorgeous beaches which will surely help you to recharge the batteries and get some rest.
Some recommended day-trips are to Alcântara, also a colonial town in the opposite side of the bay, and to São José de Ribamar, a small town in the other side of the island, full of religiosity and where you can find some of the finest views.
Also a very recommended trip extension is to Barreirinhas and the "Lençóis Maranhenses", a huge park of dunes and lakes between the ocean and the forests with some breathtaking views. Check it out on my Barreirinhas page (still under construction).
Enjoy your visit!
Popular Hotels in São Luís
Hotel Luzeiros Sao Luis
Rua Joao Pereira Damasceno, 2 Ponta do Farol, Sao Luis de Maranhao, State of Maranhao, 65077-630, Br