Purification Festival attracts believers to Santo Amaro

Lavagem de Sto Amaro

The traditional Purification Festival starts this Friday (23) and goes on until February 2nd, in Santo Amaro. The locally born singer Maria Bethânia is among the main attractions.

Carried out since the 18th century, in the city located seventy-one kilometers away from Salvador, the festival unites the sacred and the profane. Its highlight is the washing ceremony of the Mother Church that happens on Sunday (25). The tribute to the city’s patron saint, Our Lady Purificação, has an intense religious and musical program.

The summit of the festival is the washing ceremony of the church that starts at 9:00am in Amparo Street, from where the cortege goes to the church. Baianas, folkloric groups and believers gather in an act of culture, devotion and history. Dressed in their typical outfits the baianas wash the stairs of the church with perfumed water.

Besides the religious ceremonies, two stages assembled at Purificação Square will receive more than sixty attractions, always at 10:00pm. The highlight is Maria Bethânia’s show on Sunday (February 1st).

How to get there:

Take the road BR-324 to leave Salvador, go on for 59km until the crossroads with the road BA-026. From there to Santo Amaro it’s 11km. From Salvador’s Bus Station there are daily buses to Santo Amaro, run by the company Santana [+55 71 3450.4951].

Information: Bahia’s Tourism Information Hotline + 55 71 3103-3103

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