• Colombia!

    Colombia: Caribbean Sea coast. Go Now!

    Although most of the people live inland, Colombia also has its share of coastline along the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea (pictured). Go Now!

  • Ecuador!

    Ecuador: Sally Lightfoot Crab. Go Now!

    The Galapagos Islands and Ecuador are home to incredible wildlife, such as the famous Galapagos Turtle and the lesser known, but more common Red Rock or Sally Lightfoot crab (pictured). Begin Your Journey!

  • Chile!

    Chile: Torres del Paine National Park. Go Now!

    The Andes dominate much of Chile, including the breath-taking Torres del Paine National Park (pictured). However, the country also hosts the world's driest desert and a thriving metropolis. Begin Your Journey!

  • Venezuela!

    Venezuela: Los Roques. Go Now!

    Rooted in Europe, Venezuela boasts an impressive history, culture, and beauty, including the Caribbean Coast (pictured). Explore Venezuela!

  • Bolivia!

    Bolivia: Salt flats. Go Now!

    This hidden gem is full of surprises, from the impressive salt flats (pictured) to the migrating flamingos. It also clings to the most historic indigenous culture on the continent. Explore Bolivia!

Relationships, Marriage, & Family Life in Brazil

Weddings in Brazil take place in numerous venues, including in the church as well as in other spaces. No matter the setting, there are a few traditions that nearly all couples abide by. The bride and groom are not allowed to see each other on the day of the wedding prior to the ceremony and the bride will often arrive about 10-15 minutes late to ensure this. The groom will also pick his groomsmen on the wedding day itself.

Whose last name the couple takes, in what order, etc. is up to the couple as many women will add the man's last name to theirs, which could already include both their father's and mother's surname. The average age that Brazilians marry is 28 for men and 26 for women. After the ceremony and the signing of the marriage license there is usually a large reception, which involves drinking, food, and dancing above all else.

Once married the family life in Brazil is somewhat different from region to region and from couple to couple. However, for nearly all Brazilians family is extremely important and is the central hinge on which society relies.

Family dynamics are vastly different because of different values, cultures, and economic states. Today working adults are changing the family dynamic as work is undertaken for longer hours each day and in many cases both parents work; for others, work is difficult to find and parents spend most of their time at home with their families. No matter the circumstances, few Brazilian families have a large number of kids as one or two children is normal.

This page was last updated: November, 2013