Religious tourism is primarily motivated by faith. This segment is characterized by a trip with a spiritual goal that can make pilgrimages, pilgrimages, visits to places of a historical / religious character or parties and shows of a sacred nature. It is important to remember that religious tourism can be done by people of any faith.
According to data from IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics) the demand for religious travel has grown 61% in the last 10 years, moreover, as demand grows, companies create new services, such as applications “Fala Peregrino” and the “Passport da Fé” from the operator Turismo da Fé. All this means a heating up of the economy in the field of this type of trip in Brazil. Types of religious trips:
Pilgrimages are a type of pilgrimage that have something in common: the habit of walking, covering great distances towards a place where graces and spiritual favors are granted. In these long walks the faithful face, in addition to long distances, hunger, thirst, tiredness, sometimes illness, and so many other difficulties in the name of faith.
Like pilgrimages, pilgrimages are also long walks for devotees. However, they are characterized by the objective of fulfilling a promise.
On penance trips, the faithful seek to redeem their sins, thus practicing sacrifices during the visit. There are many forms of penance. Some people fast, others prefer to walk on their knees, others take a vow of silence, etc.
Sacred festivals and shows
The last, but no less important type of religious tourism, is that of parties and shows. On these trips, the faithful go to parties or theatrical shows of a religious nature, such as, for example, staging the Passion of Christ, which is one of the trips most sought by those who want to do religious tourism.
Religious Tourism in Brazil moves professionals throughout the year to take visitors to the most diverse sanctuaries and historic cities around the country. Brazil is one of the main destinations when it comes to pilgrimage trips. In addition to the various churches and temples, our country still has many devotion parties.
In the north of Brazil, we have the Círio de Nazaré devotion party that takes place every second Sunday in October in Belém do Pará. On that date, about two million faithful occupy the streets in favor of their faith. The demonstration has been consolidated and has been taking place since 1793, attracting a greater number of faithful each year. The height of the party happens in the procession when the image of Nossa Senhora de Nazaré is transferred through the streets of the city, covering the path that goes from the Metropolitan Cathedral to the Basilica of Nazaré.