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Dia de São Jorge 2021

Saint George is the second most important saint for Cariocas and his holiday is celebrated with a lot of excitement


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Saint George is a very popular saint in Brazil, especially in Rio. Pictures of him slaying the dragon are basically everywhere. He is the protector of the poor and is syncretized with Ogum in the Umbanda religion. Ogum is the god of hunt and war and he protects people from evil. The Day of Sao Jorge or Ogum is a state holiday and it's celebrated on the 23rd of April with praying and partying. About half a million people go out to the Centro to sing, dance, play music, and celebrate their protector. One of the largest processions also marches through Quintino district in the north of Rio de Janeiro. Thousands of devotees spent the night on the streets to attend masses and fireworks at dawn at 5 am.

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