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The biggest country in South America, Brazil is a far-reaching country with many diverse landscapes and subcultures. It is the fifth largest country in the world, both in size and population but unlike the rest of South America, Brazilians speak Portuguese. Brazil is notable for many of its cultural traditions, especially football, music, and the celebration of carnaval (carnival).
When most people think of Brazil, they think of its two biggest cities: Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. These cities are in many ways the cultural capitals of Brazil. Rio is known for its beaches, most famously Ipanema and Copacabana, and the annual Carnaval parade, which occurs before Lent.
Carnaval is celebrated throughout the country. The most famous carnival celebrations are in: Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Recife and Olinda.