Washing the Bonfim Church

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When & Where Washing-the-Bonfim-Church occurs on the second Thursday after January 6th (Kings Day) at the Church of the Bonfim on Montserrat hill, in the Itapagipe peninsula, in the lower town of Salvador de Bahia (Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim), Brasil. ***USA-Festivals-below-paragraph-1.shtml***

What to expect Thousands of people line up along the church and clean the church (Lavagem do Bonfim, afterwards there is an 8kms procession through the streets, then of course a parade with music and dancing. The festival lasts for ten days and chants can be heard in Yoruba (West Africa language)

Getting there Book a flight into Salvador de Bahia Airport here

Salvador de Bahia Accommodation

Where to stay You can book a quality hotel or cheap accommodation anywhere in the Bahia or Brasil here.

Cleaning the Bonfim History

This was a Portuguese tradition, exported to Brasil to our Lord of the Bonfim who allegedly survived a life- threatening shipwreck. The church was painted in 1820 by local Franco Velasco and Salvadorians are so proud of the eglise they wash it every year as a pilgrimage.

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