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The Carnival of Brazil

February 7th, 2011

brazil-carnival.jpgThe upcoming Carnival in Brazil is an event not to be missed by any traveler who looks for unique destinations to visit. This festive occasion will once again be celebrated forty days before Easter from the 4th–8th March 2011. You will be able to experience the biggest party of a lifetime.

Carnivals in Brazil have become a spectacular tradition of colorful theme inspired floats and outrageously beautiful costumes. The streets of Brazil come alive with the unique pulsating music of the Samba, as carnivals are celebrated in many towns and villages. Rio de Janeiro boasts the most famous and well organized carnival of them all. An amazing amount of organization and preparation is put into making it the most spectacularly extravagant carnival in the world.

Most of the events are arranged by the various Samba Schools that are popular in Brazil. Music and lyrics are especially written for each carnival and excellent designers do their best to produce the most exquisite costumes possible. Competitions with strict rules are held between these schools during the Carnival, as it is considered a great honor to belong to the final winning school.

Like all the carnivals in the past, the upcoming Carnival in Brazil in 2011 will be no exception. The word “carnival” immediately conjures up images of street revelry and outrageous costumes. After visiting this centre of Carnivals you will likely have an experience never to be forgotten! It will begin as usual with the crowning of the Fat King known as King Momo, a god from Greek mythology. The mayor of the city will give him a giant key, which indicates that the city is free to let the revelry begin!

The Carnival is a nonstop celebration of rhythmic dancing, singing, and laughter. The parties carry on day and night and flow into the streets, clubs, bars, and even the beaches, and everyone is invited to join in the fun. Most of the music is mainly played on brass instruments.

The Carnival in Brazil does not restrict you to Rio and Sao Paulo where the events are all meticulously planned and organized as there are minor carnivals in Recife, Olinda, and Salovador De Bahia. There are many choice hotels in these towns as well, which make it great fun to visit them. Unlike Rio where the rhythm is mainly from the Samba Schools, Recife has several rhythms of their own for you to enjoy. You will encounter many live performances in the streets and the cultural diversity is amazing in these towns. Many visitors from Brazil and around the world enjoy these annual carnivals.

So how did all these carnivals originate? In a country that was originally pagan and then converted to Catholicism, the carnivals of Brazil have their roots in both paganism and Christianity. The carnivals are always arranged forty days before Easter and end just before Lent. Lent is a time of abstinence on the Catholic calendar in which no earthly pleasures should be indulged in. The carnival is considered to be the last act of enjoyment where everyone can let their hair down and enjoy themselves before the time of Lent sets in.

If you want to be there for the carnival, which is the most important cultural event in Brazil, you would be well advised to plan well in advance. Book flights and hotels ahead of time and check programs with your travel agent so that you can decide which events you want to attend. The venue for the main parade is the Sambodromo, and you should make bookings in advance for seating so that you will not be disappointed. Remember that hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to Rio to attend the festivals, so leave nothing to chance.

This article on the Brazil carnival was supplied by “Articlesgalore” from Constant Content.

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