From the overview of Brazilian culture, we can learn more about the cultural characteristics of this country, through the following aspects:
Despite the strong influence of European culture, Brazil has a more warm and sincere behavior. When meeting each other apart from handshakes, people can easily touch their shoulders, hug and kiss each other’s cheeks. However, when they were strangers, they only rewarded and shook hands lightly.
In addressing people often use the name to call, except for those with large ranks, can call more positions, study functions. For older people with high power, “Senhor” will be added to the name. They always appreciate friendliness, fun and rarely express different opinions when disagreeing, and rarely openly argue.
Brazilians can invite to eat when they first meet, the owners and guests will sit facing each other and wish each other a glass of wine. The expression of unrestrained drinking when new to meals is often not appreciated.
The Brazilian style also has a common characteristic of Westerners, when they meet each other always make sure they are on time, invite each other, they will pay. Despite being invited, equal money sharing is obvious when going out together, avoiding paying the money you need to pay will make Brazilian friends have a wrong view of you.
If you meet on the street, you should not call out loud, but just wave your hand. The gestures like “OK” by hand are considered rude in Brazil, while the gesture of holding hands and thumbs up between the index finger and ring finger are said to be good luck. This is a strange thing and it should be noted when done in Brazil if you don’t want to be considered rude.
Brazilian national costumes are quite colorful and usually only present during festivals. In everyday life Brazilians dress in casual clothes, sometimes quite cool because the weather here is very hot. But in the work clothes are very discreet, upholding politeness..