Rio Vermelho Iemanjá Festival

Salvador’s Rio Vermelho Iemanja Festival

One of the traditional festivals I went to while visiting Salvador Brazil was Rio Vermelho’s Iemanja Festival. This festival was bought by African slaves in the 16th century.  It is a festival about the queen of the sea. It happens every year on February 2nd where people traditionally dress up in white (of course you do not have to). The festival starts at 5am and finishes at 4pm.

Rio Vermelho Iemanjá Festival

The streets were absolutely packed and it was also a very hot day, so I suggest you put on a lot of sunscreen if you get burnt like me. The streets are full of bands where people drum and sing songs in honor of the mother of all Orishas. The street food is amazing with a lot of people cooking traditional dishes with of course a lot of alcohol to wash it down. If you decide to bring a backpack I must warn you there is a few thieves and pickpocketers around, a British backpacker that stayed at the same hostel as me had his bag stolen from him, so I recommend wearing your backpack on the front rather than the back, I however had no issues and there is a large amount of police constantly patrolling the streets which makes it quite safe.

Rio Vermelho Iemanjá Festival

Without I doubt I would recommend anyone who is visiting Salvador at this time to attend this Festival. It is so rich in culture and tradition and gives you a really good insight how festivals are celebrated here.