Marujada celebrations: A mix of indigenous African and Portuguese traditions

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This Dec. 26, 2016 photo shows women at the port wearing feathered hats with multi-colored ribbons before the start of a procession honoring Saint Benedict during Marujada religious celebrations in the fishing town of Braganca, Brazil. Locals say the annual celebration, which started in 1798, is a way to show appreciation and make good on promises for miracles received. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

This Dec. 26, 2016 photo shows women at the port wearing feathered hats with multi-colored ribbons before the start of a procession honoring Saint Benedict during Marujada religious celebrations in the fishing town of Braganca, Brazil. Locals say the annual celebration, which started in 1798, is a way to show appreciation and make good on promises for miracles received. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

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This Dec. 19, 2016 photo shows Clara Padilha Gomes preparing spiritually for the Marujada religious celebration, in honor of St. Benedict, at her home in the fishing town of Braganca, Brazil. Gomes, 77, said she participates to give thanks for her son. "As long as I'm alive, I will be devoted," she said. "A person has to have faith." (Eraldo Peres/AP)

This Dec. 19, 2016 photo shows Clara Padilha Gomes preparing spiritually for the Marujada religious celebration, in honor of St. Benedict, at her home in the fishing town of Braganca, Brazil. Gomes, 77, said she participates to give thanks for her son. "As long as I'm alive, I will be devoted," she said. "A person has to have faith." (Eraldo Peres/AP)

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This Dec. 20, 2016 photo shows a family arriving on the Caete River to attend Marujada religious celebrations. Locals say the annual celebration is a way to show appreciation and make good on promises for miracles received. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

This Dec. 20, 2016 photo shows a family arriving on the Caete River to attend Marujada religious celebrations. Locals say the annual celebration is a way to show appreciation and make good on promises for miracles received. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

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This Dec. 19, 2016 photo shows Sabrina Correia Aviz holding a statuette of St. Benedict inside her home, before the start of Marujada celebrations. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

This Dec. 19, 2016 photo shows Sabrina Correia Aviz holding a statuette of St. Benedict inside her home, before the start of Marujada celebrations. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

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This Dec. 26, 2016 photo shows a girl attending Marujada religious celebrations in honor of St. Benedict in the fishing town of Braganca, Brazil. On this day of the days-long tradition, people dress in red, a color also seen in street decorations, as the city begins a day of partying. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

This Dec. 26, 2016 photo shows a girl attending Marujada religious celebrations in honor of St. Benedict in the fishing town of Braganca, Brazil. On this day of the days-long tradition, people dress in red, a color also seen in street decorations, as the city begins a day of partying. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

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This Dec. 25, 2016 photo shows women in procession outside Saint Benedict Church during Marujada religious celebrations in honor of the Catholic Saint. For the procession, women wear blue skirts and white shirts and don white circular feathered, hats streaming colorful ribbons. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

This Dec. 25, 2016 photo shows women in procession outside Saint Benedict Church during Marujada religious celebrations in honor of the Catholic Saint. For the procession, women wear blue skirts and white shirts and don white circular feathered, hats streaming colorful ribbons. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

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This Dec. 18, 2016 photo shows women wearing feathered hats with colorful ribbons performing the Retumbao dance during Marujada religious celebrations. Arriving at the church, some participants spend the day dancing Lundu, a couple's dance that originated in Angola and involves spinning in circles. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

This Dec. 18, 2016 photo shows women wearing feathered hats with colorful ribbons performing the Retumbao dance during Marujada religious celebrations. Arriving at the church, some participants spend the day dancing Lundu, a couple's dance that originated in Angola and involves spinning in circles. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

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This Dec. 26, 2016 photo shows women performing the Retumbao dance during Marujada celebrations. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

This Dec. 26, 2016 photo shows women performing the Retumbao dance during Marujada celebrations. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

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This Dec. 25, 2016 photo shows young cowboys competing in the Cavalhada, using small sticks and rings, during Marujada religious celebrations in honor of St. Benedict in the fishing town of Braganca, Brazil. Started in 1798, the "Marujada" religious celebration mixes indigenous, African and Portuguese traditions. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

This Dec. 25, 2016 photo shows young cowboys competing in the Cavalhada, using small sticks and rings, during Marujada religious celebrations in honor of St. Benedict in the fishing town of Braganca, Brazil. Started in 1798, the "Marujada" religious celebration mixes indigenous, African and Portuguese traditions. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

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This Dec. 25, 2016 photo shows a cowboy who successfully placed a stick through a small ring during the Cavalhada event. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

This Dec. 25, 2016 photo shows a cowboy who successfully placed a stick through a small ring during the Cavalhada event. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

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This Dec. 25, 2016 photo shows a woman holding red ribbons for the champion of the Cavalhada horse riding event during the Marujada religious celebration. Galloping horsemen compete to place a small stick through a small ring in the air. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

This Dec. 25, 2016 photo shows a woman holding red ribbons for the champion of the Cavalhada horse riding event during the Marujada religious celebration. Galloping horsemen compete to place a small stick through a small ring in the air. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

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This Dec. 26, 2016 photo shows captain Jose Batista launching a firecracker during Marujada religious celebrations. The tradition started when black slaves persuaded their masters to let them form a brotherhood to pay homage to St. Benedict. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

This Dec. 26, 2016 photo shows captain Jose Batista launching a firecracker during Marujada religious celebrations. The tradition started when black slaves persuaded their masters to let them form a brotherhood to pay homage to St. Benedict. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

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This Dec. 23, 2016 photo shows Vania Ramos and her daughter Ana Beatris standing before an altar inside their home as they prepare for Marujada religious celebrations. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

This Dec. 23, 2016 photo shows Vania Ramos and her daughter Ana Beatris standing before an altar inside their home as they prepare for Marujada religious celebrations. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

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This Dec. 25, 2016 photo shows a girl in costume taking a selfie at the port in the fishing town Braganca, Para state, Brazil. This small city in northern Brazil pays tribute to St. Benedict with dance, horse competition and colorful costume. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

This Dec. 25, 2016 photo shows a girl in costume taking a selfie at the port in the fishing town Braganca, Para state, Brazil. This small city in northern Brazil pays tribute to St. Benedict with dance, horse competition and colorful costume. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

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This Dec. 25, 2016 photo shows Joao Gomes, 64, center, with his family outside their home during Marujada celebrations. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

This Dec. 25, 2016 photo shows Joao Gomes, 64, center, with his family outside their home during Marujada celebrations. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

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This Dec. 26, 2016 photo shows men carrying a statue of Saint Benedict holding a baby Jesus during Marujada religious celebrations in the fishing town Braganca, Brazil. The annual celebration arose when black slaves persuaded their masters to let them form a brotherhood to pay homage to St. Benedict. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

This Dec. 26, 2016 photo shows men carrying a statue of Saint Benedict holding a baby Jesus during Marujada religious celebrations in the fishing town Braganca, Brazil. The annual celebration arose when black slaves persuaded their masters to let them form a brotherhood to pay homage to St. Benedict. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

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This Dec. 26, 2016 photo shows a procession in honor of St. Benedict filling a street in the fishing town of Braganca, Brazil during Marujada religious celebrations. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

This Dec. 26, 2016 photo shows a procession in honor of St. Benedict filling a street in the fishing town of Braganca, Brazil during Marujada religious celebrations. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

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