Bom Jesus dos Navegantes

Bom Jesus dos Navegantes

January 1
In Salvador, Brazil, the festival known as Bom Jesus dos Navegantes is celebrated on New Year's Day. A procession of small boats decorated with flags and streamers carries a statue of the Lord Jesus of Seafarers from the main harbor to the outlying beach of Boa Viagem. Thousands of spectators line Salvador's beaches to catch a glimpse of the spectacle. According to legend, sailors participating in the event will never die by drowning.
A similar procession takes place on the same day in Angra dos Reis, 90 miles south of Rio de Janeiro.
CONTACTS:
Bahia Tourism Authority
Av. Simon Bolivar S/N
Centro de Convences da Bahia-1dg Pisa
Salvador, Bahia 41750-230 Brazil
55-71-3117-3000; fax: 55-71-3371-0110
www.bahiatursa.ba.gov.br
SOURCES:
Bon Festival See Obon Festival
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The year begins in midsummer with the Bom Jesus dos Navegantes Feast on 1 January, literally the Good Jesus of the Mariners Feast, during which hundreds of vessels of all types sail through All Saints' Bay carrying the image of Good Jesus from Conceiao da Praia Church to Boa Viagem Chapel, a beautiful procession of faith.