alvador is at party the whole year. Summer in Bahia, which begins officially at December, 22nd, is characterized by the traditional popular parties.
The parties calendar is, however, launched before the beginning of hottest season of the year, with the celebration of the National Day of the Baianas de Acarajé (November, 25th) and ennds only on Ash Wednesday. Currently, the most traditional are: Bom Jesus dos Navegantes, Lavagem do Bonfim and Iemanjá.
It takes breathe and a lot of energy in order to enjoy from those many parties that attract the local tourists, tourists from every corner of Brazil and even the world. Apart from popular, those parties are characterized by the religious syncretism and by the mixture of sacred and unholy elements.
All the faith of the people from Bahia is revealed at the beginning of the popular parties' cycle, from the celebrations of the candomblé orixás, when all the terreiros in town hit their percussion drums in order for the filhos-de-santo to dance, even the catholic religious parties, which bestow a rather unholy character with plenty of samba-de-roda and standardised tents that serve the most varied sorts of foods and beverages.