A maritime procession transports the image of Bom Jesus from Igreja NS da Conceição in Cidade Baixa north along the bay to Igreja de NS da Boa Viagem. A festival ensues on Praia da Boa Viagem.
On the Dia de Reis, a procession of the reis magos (wise men) statues travels to a crèche in the Igreja da Lapinha.
Salvador’s biggest festival outside of Carnaval honors the saint with Bahia's largest following – Senhor do Bonfim, associated with Candomblé. A procession of baianas (women dressed as Bahian ‘aunts’) in ritual dres…
A procession, ritual cleansing of the Igreja São Lázaro (end of Rua Professor Aristides Novis, São Lázaro) and festival honors the saint’s Candomblé orixá counterpart Omolú (the god of plague and disease).
Perhaps Candomblé’s most important festival, the event pays homage to the orixá Iemanjá, goddess of the sea and fertility. Devotees descend on Praia Rio Vermelho in the morning, where ceremonies are held to bless of…
Pyrotechnics, street parties, and forró performances spring up all over town for a week near the end of June. Bahia's so-called 'festas juninas' (June celebrations) take place in Salvador and throughout the state.
Rio Vermelho’s Mercado do Peixe is probably the best place to catch this Candomblé festival celebrating markets.
Candomblistas honor the saint’s orixá alter ego, Iemanjá, with a procession and ceremonies in Cidade Baixa.
New Year’s Eve is celebrated with all the zest of Carnaval, especially on the beaches.
The actual church washing is a mini version of Bonfim’s, but the street party in Itapuã is loaded with trios elétricos and is equally raucous.