The state of Bahia is considered the cultural heart of Brazil, being the first region encountered by Europe and the center of population for residents of African ancestry.
Bahia is the location of the world famous annual “Carnaval” celebration. It is additionally renowned within Brazil for its annual state-wide Saint John’s festival, celebrated simultaneously in all of Bahia’s 417 municipalities.
Bahia is also the home of the dance form known as “samba,” and is a center of musical innovation for a unique type of music known as “Samba Reggae’.”
The religion, arts, and cuisine of Bahia are strongly influenced by the contributions of vibrant linkages to African ancestry, particularly in the capital city of Salvador which contains the largest single urban African descendant population anywhere in the world outside of Africa.