By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In Rio de Janeiro and Brazil, a country home to one of the largest Catholic populations in the world and an increasing evangelical population, celebrations of Easter, which falls this year on April 5th, often center around religion, family and friends.
Easter, known as Páscoa in Portuguese, is part of the a week of observances known as Semana Santa (Holy Week). According to the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church, Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, which falls this year on Sunday, March 29th.
The national holiday in Brazil . . .