Like in the U.S., Easter is a major religious holiday in Brazil. Even though they celebrate it at the same time as the rest of the world does, Brazilians have added rich cultural traditions to this celebration.
Those who observe this day which is best known as Passion Friday in Brazil, normally eat fish, particularly cod fish cakes and canjica, which is a white variety of corn and it is thoroughly cooked with condensed milk and served as a dessert.
Better known as Hallelujah Saturday, this day is marked by a tradition called the Mockery or Burning of Judas. A man-sized doll symbolizing Judas is hung, beaten and burned down at noon. Anybody can take a shot at hitting the doll with a bat or with a stick. In some communities, people attach the names of corrupt politicians, bad soccer coaches, infamous celebrities and even bad neighbors to the doll.
Churches normally celebrate this day with special elements in their worship services or masses such as plays, special songs and presentations. On the commercial side, huge chocolate Easter eggs are gifted to loved ones, specially to children. There is no egg exchange, each family member would normally enjoy one huge serving of chocolate.