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SALVADOR - BAHIA

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It is affectionately said that "when Bahians are not actually participating in a festival they are rehearsing for one." The people of Bahia, a fusion of Africans, Native Americans and Europeans, are always looking for a good time. Now imagine this with colonial architecture and marvellous beaches...they call it "the land of happiness".

 


General Info

Telephone code: 071/

Climate :Salvador lies within the tropics and enjoys a year-round temperature between 20o and 30o Centigrade. In the summer it is not as humid as Rio for instance, as soft winds blow in from the Atlantic. Unlike other northern states, Bahia has regular periods of rain. It is not uncommon to have rainfall for several days in a row.

Clothing: Light weight clothing is suitable all year round. Casual clothes are the norm here.

Business Hors Most offices and stores are open from 9 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday. Stores are also open on Saturday from 10am to 1pm, while most of the large shopping centers, open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 10pm. Salvador has a number of 24-hour convenience stores, many of which are located at, or close to, main gas stations. Banks are open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm.

Taxis Salvador has an extensive fleet of taxis which can be hailed in the streets, as well as a series of special taxis operated by licensed companies, which can be found at the airport, hotels or booked by phone. From the international airport and the main shopping centers most of the special taxis work on a fixed rate by area, which is paid in advance at the company's own desk above, which the price must be displayed.


History

Salvador da Bahia was, according to tradition, founded on All Saints' day (Nov. 1) 1501, giving rise to the naming of the bay as Bahia de Todos os Santos. In 1549 Portuguese settlers arrived to found a defensive city at the mouth of the bay. Salvador da Bahia became the capital of the new colonies of Brazil and remained so for the next three centuries. The city's wealth initially came from sugar cane export followed closely by tobacco cultivation. Cattle raising in the interior and diamond and gold mining, increased the city's richness. Today the results of this affluent period can be seen in the numerous examples of luxuriously decorated churches and other colonial buildings.

The first slaves were brought to Salvador early in the 16th century from the west coast of Africa. Slave numbers increased rapidly giving the city the largest African population of Brazil. The slaves that arrived in Bahia guarded their culture and traditions under the guise of different catholic rituals. This careful preservation of African traditions has led to a rich cultural diversity in the region. Bahia is called as the Soul of Brazil or the Africa of Brazil. Traditional Bahian cuisine includes many of the ingredients that you might find in any West African country.

Other African traditons that have survived into present day life include Candomble and other religious rites, Capoeira, a dance style combat form and many musical rhythms.

The seat of government was moved to Rio in 1763 as the decline of the sugar industry and the increase in coffee production in the more southern states moved major economic activity to the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Nowadays Salvador is a monument to the colonial history of Brazil, as well as the centre of Afro-Brazilian culture.


 

Carnaval In Bahia

It is affectionately said that "when Bahians are not actually participating in a festival they are rehearsing for one." And in a way it's true. The people of Bahia, a fusion of Africans, Native Americans and Europeans, are carefree and upbeat, always looking for a good time. Read more


Candomble - A Religious Syncretisim in Brazil

In Bahia, the former capital of Brazil, the descendants of the inhabitants of South-West Nigeria have continued to worship their ancestral gods or Orixa to this very day, in spite of the time and distance which separates them from their place of origin. Read more



Capoeira - Dance or Fight ?


Capoeira is a dance of rare physical beauty. It is also violent and very fast, a delicate and astute fight - the highest choreographic expression of a suffering race. Read more



Cuisine - Food for the body and the spirit


Hardly, if ever, you can find a kind of people who enjoys cooking and eating as much as people from Bahia. Eating, in Bahia, is not merely a matter of physiologic needs, but it also involves a whole complex rituals and beliefs. Click here to view some Restaurants in Salvador


 

 

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