• Carnival is the most famous holiday in Brazil

    Carnival is the most famous holiday in Brazil EFE/Antonio LacerdaGet ready for the masks, the samba music, and all the festivities that make the Carnival Festival so famous in Brazil. Carnival or Carnaval in Portuguese is celebrated in many Catholic countries in South America and Europe. But the Carnival festival in Rio is the highlight of them all.

    Carnival is a four day celebration to give a farewell to the time of celebration prior to the beginning of the season of lent. It is basically a four day period of fun before the traditional fast of lent. The term Carnival comes from carnelevare which means “remove meat”. Traditionally during lent you cannot eat meat and poultry products on Friday’s and you must give up one thing that is important to you like drinking coffee for 40 days. So before you get ready for that the Carnival festival gives you a little over indulgence.

    Prior to the actual festival there are several carnival balls which are very famous and extravagant. The festival consists of lots of parades with exotic costumes in the traditional gold, purple, and green colors. The parades are lead by the Samba schools and watched by the millions of citizens and tourists that come for the celebration. The schools actual compete to participate in the annual Carnival festival. The parades are generally televised and broadcast internationally as well.  (more…)

  • Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

    Carnival in Rio de JaneiroCarnival is an ancient tradition that dates back to 600 to 520 BC. After the catholic church made it into a religious celebration, it quickly spread to the whole world. The first city to celebrate carnival as we know today was Paris.

    That was all too long ago! No other city has a carnival like Rio de Janeiro does. When it’s carnival the streets get packed with happy and fun people, ready to have fun in a very light-hearted way. Singing, dancing, drinking and wearing the typical Carnival costumes. It’s a one in a lifetime experience that lack words to describe it.

    Samba Schools

    Carnival in Rio de JaneiroThe called “Samba schools” are organized groups that train the whole year just to fill the city with music and happiness when it’s carnival. These professionals put a lot of work and effort in their projects. In most cities (Like Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo), there are specific places where the samba schools go out on huge parades that normally last 1 hour and 20 minutes for each school.  (more…)