Manaus is a city that also has a rich culture like many other Brazilian cities. Because it was once a colony of Portugal, most of its culture still have Portuguese influence.
One of the testimonies of the Portuguese colonization is evident in the religion that is practiced by the majority of the people in Manaus. Catholicism is still predominantly observed and practiced throughout the city. Immigration of foreign nationals that have beliefs in Catholicism is another factor that can be contributed to this.
Other religions are also practiced in Manaus. This is in the form of what is called as reformed faiths. Protestantism is also practiced aside from this.
Among the various religious factions that exist in Manaus are Seventh-day Adventist Church, Presbyterian Church, Pentecostal Church of God in Brazil, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, Methodist Church, the Assembly of God Church, For Christ International Church of Grace of God, the Baptist Church, the Episcopal Anglican Church, and the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Art and Craft
There are a number of Indian tribes that are still very much active in the production of local materials. The groups of people that are living in the forests also participate in the production of similar products. These are in the form of baskets, hammocks, and other indigenous products. The materials used in the production of these materials are wood, vines, fibers, and seeds.
The boi-bumbá festival is one celebration that is practiced in Manaus. It dates back to the earlier part of the 20th century and is part of the earlier indigenous traditions that have been preserved until this day. Now it has been given a touch of modernity and is widely observed and practiced throughout the city by the local Manasses and is even attended by tourists from all over the world.
Another festival practiced in Manaus is the Amazonas Carnival in which different samba schools parade in what they call as the sambódromo located inside the city’s Convention Center. This is celebrated every February.
The other festivals that are celebrated in Manaus are the Ponta Negra’s Music Festival and Amazonas Opera Festival celebrated every May, the Amazonas Folklore Festival in June, the Amazonas Jazz Festival in July, the São Pedro River Procession celebrated every June 29, and the Amazonas Film Festival observed every November.
Though cultural performances in Manaus are not that frequent, the times when these shows happen are very well celebrated and really provide the audience with a glimpse of the city’s culture. Most of these shows are performed in the Amazonas Theatre or Teatro Amazonas. The performances will be in the form of musical and dance shows as well as impromptu acts.