Brazilian carnival began in 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

The famous Brazilian carnival – a relative of our carnival, but, of course, a different scenario – is dictated by the traditions of Africans. Latinos and hot climate, coupled with the Catholic rituals and ceremonies.

Shindig is being prepared long before the middle of February and poured onto the streets of Rio de Janeiro stunning processions, dances and costumes.

Dance millions – basically, it’s the best Brazilian Samba school. Onlookers and participants of the processions fill the streets of the Brazilian capital in the days of the annual carnival, which  began on Friday, February 17.

The most famous Samba school this year – “ILU Oba de min” and “Carmelitas” – will entertain tourists during the 46 days before Easter on the streets of Rio de Janeiro and são Paulo. The main tributary of the audience and the main carnivals are held, according to tradition, from 17 to 21 February.

Synopsis: Brazilian carnival (port. Carnaval do Brasil) is an annual festival in Brazil held 40 days before Easter and marks the beginning of lent. During lent, Roman Catholics are supposed to abstain from all bodily pleasures, including the consumption of meat. The carnival, which is believed to be derived from the pagan Saturnalia, may be considered an act of farewell by carnal pleasures.

Brazilian Carnival is the largest festival in the country, and has some differences from the carnivals in Europe and in other Latin American countries. If You want to see this unforgettable show, buy tickets and go to Rio de Janeiro. In addition, there are regional variations of the carnival in Brazil and you will also be able to see.

Photo: Brazilian singer Kelly Kay during the parade of Samba schools. Rio de Janeiro.

Brazilian carnival originates from the Portuguese equivalent of the carnival — street entertainment, during which the varmints were spraying each other with water and showered with flour and soot, threw rotten eggs, etc. Portuguese carnival occurred on the eve of lent in the Catholic calendar, that is, the period of redemption, symbolizing the liberation, this aspect was perceived by carnival.

Brought to Brazil in the XVII century Portuguese carnival, in the nineteenth century perceived the influence of carnivals other European countries — Italy and France. It was then that mask, fantastic costumes and characters such as Pierrot, Columbine (Malvina) and King Momo (the Jolly fat man) came on Brazilian holiday. In the same period, there are the first building blocks (blocos — holiday group arrayed in a rectangle), “rope” (cordoes — holiday group built a rope) and “dogs” (corsos — holiday group, stylized pirates), as well as parades of decorated cars. Since then, the festival is gaining momentum and reaches almost all corners of Brazil. Year after year become richer dances and songs, new melodies and rhythms, as for example the famous marsico. In 1928 in Rio de Janeiro occurs first school dance of Samba called “Let me Tell you” (Deixa Falar). Created a Samba dancer by Ismael Silva, she later is renamed the “estácio do Sa” (port. Estacio do Sa), named after the founder of Rio de Janeiro. Rio carnival tradition of parades of Samba schools is spreading to other cities and survives especially in Sao Paulo. However, it does not disappear and the tradition of the street carnival, which is open to all who wish to. It is preserved in the northeast of Brazil, mainly in the cities of Recife and Olinda, where there are “frevo” (frevo) and “Maracatu” (maracatu).

In El Salvador use the so-called “trios eletricos” (decorated trucks with musicians), street “blocks”, such as “Apache Files di Gandhi” (Afoxe Filhos de Ghandi — group styled followers of the teachings of the Indian philosopher Gandhi), and Negro “blocks”, such as “Olodum” (Olodum) and “Ile AE” (Ile Aye — the house of life) that have African mythological roots.

Synopsis: the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro (port. carnaval carioca carnaval do Rio, Rio carnaval) officially begins on the Friday before Ash Wednesday and is the main event of the city. This colourful parade of Samba schools belongs to the world’s largest holidays.

The carnival is organized by the Ministry of tourism of the town with the League of Samba Schools (port. Liga Independente das Escolas de Samba do Rio de Janeiro (LIESA)), as well as television networks that broadcast the show.

Each Samba school shall elect annually a specific topic, under which it draws its moving platform and costumes. You then prepare details like rhythm, choreography, presentation, consistency groups, etc. Bo?most sumptuously dressed, royalty (kings, Queens and princesses), and, as usual, women from Bahia (in the wide white costumes that are typical of the state), worked hard all year to make these costumes, they are carrying on the carnival just a few hours.

Each year is nominated by any one school (all schools, as in football, is divided into four leagues) with the highest score from the first League in the “special group” (port. Grupo Especial). The winners grupo especial awarded a cash prize, but for the contestants, as a rule, much more important to belong to the winning school “special group”.

The carnival is organized by the Ministry of tourism of the town with the League of Samba Schools (port. Liga Independente das Escolas de Samba do Rio de Janeiro (LIESA)), as well as television networks that broadcast the show.

Each Samba school shall elect annually a specific topic, under which it draws its moving platform and costumes. You then prepare details like rhythm, choreography, presentation, consistency groups, etc. Bo?most sumptuously dressed, royalty (kings, Queens and princesses), and, as usual, women from Bahia (in the wide white costumes that are typical of the state), worked hard all year to make these costumes, they are carrying on the carnival just a few hours.

Each year is nominated by any one school (all schools, as in football, is divided into four leagues) with the highest score from the first League in the “special group” (port. Grupo Especial). The winners grupo especial awarded a cash prize, but for the contestants, as a rule, much more important to belong to the winning school “special group”.

Preparations for the carnival next year begins immediately after the parade. Each League is attended by thousands of professionals. Private sponsors adopt a high level of expenditure on the creation of costumes for each speaker, but there is to save money and indulge in all things.

A small Museum of the carnival in the “Sambódromo”, which is open to visitors throughout the year and all staff are fluent in English, talks about the traditions and details of carnival.

Also known, but musically, perhaps even more interesting carnival in Salvador da Bahia, considered the largest street carnival in the world and also in Recife.

During the carnival, because of the influx of tourists, there is a shortage of beds in hotels and the growth of housing prices. Many of the Carioca (port. Cariocas, the inhabitants of Rio) are leaving on the carnival out of town to spend some quiet time with family.

Supposedly the increased level of crime in the city during the carnival, often quoted in the press, is somewhat relative. The appearance on the streets of millions of celebrants and drinkers will inevitably lead to increased tensions, which may result in crime. International media especially use the time of the Rio carnival as an excuse, more intense than usual, to talk about crime, which in the rest of the year as high.

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