festa de junia?

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ronaldo in traditional festa de junia garb selling hotdogs

Festa de Junia is a holiday of sorts that is very popular in the state of Minias Gerias.  It is sort of the equivalent of a summer barbeque, but instead is in the middle of winter (june), because Brasil gets super hot in the summer.

Festa de Junia is a celebration of the ranching culture that was once important to the state of Minias Gerias. Minias Gerias is the beef capital of the brasil, and they sort of play the role of texas in the united states, in that it is full of open ranges great for cow grazing, but also is rich in mineral wealth.  Also many politicians in Brasil come from the state, just like texas, and the come in all varieties just like ones from texas, whether it is a Lyndon Baines Johnson or a George Dubya Bush. 

Anyways people dress up in traditional ranching garb, basically cowboy type dress, listen to country music, and eat a ton of beef.  What you do, is kiss lots of girls, eat beef, tacos, chicken heart, drink cervasa Skol, smoke tobacco wrapped in corn leaf, and drink this stuff called casacha, which is kind of like rum.  If your in Mineas Gereas in June, be sure to talk to locals, and you'll have a great barbeque. 

 

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