The traditions of Alagoas are strongly influenced by the colonization times and it still preserves its folklore, cuisine and handicraft traditions.
Cuisine, folklore and crafts are important aspects of Alagoas culture and are significant sources of income for the state through tourism.
The tradition in crafts and embroidery is strong, and they are considered the most beautiful, varied and valuable in the Northeast, being produced throughout the state.
The local culture is based on cuisine, folklore and the tradition of handicrafts and embroidery, which are considered the most valuable and varied in the Northeast, being produced throughout the state.
Alagoas traditions in cuisine and culture
Handicrafts in Alagoas are extremely diversified, with pieces produced from materials such as straw, ceramics, wood, leather, coconut shell, banana tree fiber and embroidery. These manual works are transmitted from generation to generation and are in great demand in the national and international market, characterizing a large part of trade and income in the region.
In Maceió, the capital, the neighborhood of Pontal da Barra is a reference for embroidery, in Pontal da Barra, a very traditional neighborhood. In this region, when men are directed towards fishing, also an ancestral culture, women tend to be led to the loom, making lace.
In the region of Água Branca, braids of ouricuri straw and vine and simple lace are found, also local traditions.
Utilitarian ceramic products, such as pans, jugs and jars, are sold at open-air fairs and craft markets across the state.
The traditions of Alagoas
In União dos Palmares, in the Quilombos region, ceramic pieces produced in the small town of Muquém are sold. Here, there are still living black remnants of Quilombo dos Palmares.
In Penedo, in the region where the Foz do Rio São Francisco is located, products made with straw from the ouricuri coconut tree and taboa are produced and sold in local handicrafts.
Pieces are also made with banana fiber, produced in Maragogi, on the north coast of Alagoas.
Alagoas cuisine is also an important part of the local culture.
In addition to handicrafts, the cuisine is varied and tasty, highlighting the quality and variety of seafood, meat, sweets and tropical fruit juices.
One of the typical dishes that represents the cuisine of the state is the Sururu de Capote, which consists of mussels cooked in coconut milk with tomato, parsley and other spices.
In addition, other regional dishes are also popular, such as sun-dried meat with fava beans and green beans, grilled picanha, ham, steak, roast chicken, ostrich meat and buffalo meat.
The region of Maragogi, on the north coast of Alagoas, is known for its production of bread and chips.
Alagoas cuisine is served in several restaurants and bars, offering visitors the opportunity to try the region's specialties.
Alagoan Folklore Alagoan folklore has its roots in the history and traditions of the three groups that formed the Brazilian people: blacks, whites and Indians.
Throughout the year, there are a series of folklore manifestations, with more than 30 different types of celebrations. Among the best-known festivities are the Christmas celebrations: Pastoril, Guerreiro, Taieira, Baianas, Reisados, Marujada, Nativity scene, Cavalhada.
Religious festivals include Mané do Rosário, Bandos dos Carnavalescos, Cambindas, Negras da Costa, Samba do Matuto, Caboclinhos, Torés de Índio and Xangô, and Danças de São Gonçalo, Coco Alagoano, Adult Wheels.
The most important forms of singing and dancing include the Quadrilha, Coco de Roda and Banda de Pífano, as well as the violeiros and repentistas found on the beaches.
The Corn Festival is celebrated in União dos Palmares, as well as the National Day of Black Consciousness. Peja (cattle branding) is another popular and traditional festival. Among the typical dances, the Bate-Coxa and the Coco stand out.
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