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Brazil's Culture: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

Brazil is the largest country in South America, and it has a very unique culture. In this lesson, learn all about this country, including popular sports, religions, foods and traditions of Brazil.

The Republic of Brazil

Let's head south to Brazil, the largest country in South America, where the weather is hot and tropical. Much of the country touches the Atlantic Ocean, and some of Brazil also crosses the equator! This weather and location have a big impact on the culture of the country. Let's learn what makes the culture of Brazil so special.

Sports and Entertainment

The warm weather and large coastline are perfect for outdoor activities, and visitors and residents enjoy many water sports including sailing and swimming. In fact, the weather and beaches were what made Rio de Janeiro, a large city in Brazil, a great choice for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

The warm weather and coastline of Rio de Janeiro make it a great place for outdoor activities.
Brazil coastline

Perhaps the most popular sport in Brazil is what we in America call soccer. To a Brazilian, it is called football, and they are very proud of their national team. And they should, since the team has won the world championship five times!

Brazilian Food

The tropical location of Brazil makes it a great place to grow certain crops, such as coffee and cocoa beans. This has a big impact on the types of foods that are cooked and eaten in Brazil. Many meals include rice and some type of fried meat, usually beef. Fried bananas are also popular treats.

Since cocoa beans are grown in Brazil, there are lots of chocolate desserts that Brazilians enjoy. A small chocolate ball with sprinkles or sugar covering it is called a brigadeiro. Coconut desserts are also popular, as well as desserts made with Brazilian grown fruits like mangos and papaya.

A brigadeiro is a dessert made with chocolate and butter and covered in sprinkles.
Chocolate fudge

Customs and Traditions

One of the biggest traditions in Brazil is Carnival. This event happens every year and it is one giant party! This festival is believed to have started in the 1700s, and grew over time. Initially, it was only a chance for people to play tricks on each other. Years later it became more of an event, with people creating fancy costumes and dancing to music.

Now Carnival is one of the biggest parties in the world. In Rio de Janeiro, there are parades with giant floats. People dress in elaborate costumes. A type of music and dance called samba is extremely popular, and you can find people singing and dancing throughout Brazil during Carnival.

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