Christmas celebrations the Brazilian way

Brazilians in São Paulo take Christmas seriously. A few of us found out first hand tonight how big the holiday is by watching a Christmas themed water show at Ibirapuera Park, the largest park in the city. The mass of onlookers was somewhat overwhelming and felt even bigger when trying to navigate the winding, steep streets.

The five of us took the metro and hopped a cab over to the park.

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Photo by Matt Masin

Photo by Anna Reed

Photo by Anna Reed

The trees’ limbs were coated in lights, illuminating the water in front of them.

Photo by Matt Masin

Photo by Matt Masin

A plethora of children and adults alike climbed a prominent statue on the street parallel to the water.

Photo by Nickolai Hammar

Photo by Nickolai Hammar

Thousands showed up to Ibirapuera park to see the streams of water, glowing with light, shoot from the surface.

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Photo by Nickolai Hammar

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Photo by Nickolai Hammar

Photo by Matt Masin

Photo by Matt Masin

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Photo by Nickolai Hammar

Photo by Nickolai Hammar

Photo by Nickolai Hammar

Photo by Matt Masin

Photo by Matt Masin

Photo by Anna Reed

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Getting here

Welcome to the blog.

Over the next three weeks, 10 photojournalism students will populate this page with content from stories we work on in São Paulo, Brazil. We are all fortunate enough to have this opportunity through the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and we are led by professor Bruce Thorson and assistant Brian Lehmann. Through an endowment in the college, photojournalism students have, in the past, traveled to Kosovo, South Africa, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, India and, now, Brazil. On this blog you’ll see work from Kat Buchanan, Andrew Dickinson, Kaylee Everly, Nickolai Hammar, Brian Lehmann, Matt Masin, Anna Reed, Bethany Schmidt, Brianna Soukup, Morgan Spiehs, Bruce Thorson and Cara Wilwerding.

We arrived in São Paulo this morning at 8:15 local time – four hours ahead of Nebraska time.

What follows are some gratuitous photos of ourselves and our surroundings taken on the journey from Lincoln to São Paulo. We hope you enjoy the blog and the stories we share on it.

photo by andrew dickinson

photo by andrew dickinson

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photo by matt masin

photo by kat buchanan

photo by kat buchanan

photo by andrew dickinson

photo by andrew dickinson

photo by matt masin

photo by matt masin

photo by andrew dickinson

photo by andrew dickinson

photo by bruce thorson

photo by bruce thorson

photo by andrew dickinson

photo by andrew dickinson

photo by matt masin

photo by matt masin

photo by brian lehmann

photo by brian lehmann