An event that makes a country stops – Carnaval
BRAZIL (BDCi) — Music, dance, rhythm, joy and continuous party for 4 days and 4 nights. That is what Brazilian Carnaval means. Exuberance is a common word there. People let themselves loose in the world of music, joy and happiness!
Modern Brazilian Carnaval has its roots in Rio de Janeiro, when, in 1641, the town bourgeoisie imported from Paris habit of keeping masked balls and parties. Initially, the European form mimic the festival, but later absorbed elements derived from African and American cultures.
In the late 19th century in Rio de Janeiro have emerged “cordões” masked groups that marched on city boulevards singing and dancing. Today, known as “blocos” consisting of a special group of people in suits or shirts with themes and logos. “Blocos” are generally associated with certain neighborhoods.
The big show is put by the samba schools. They are large groups of artists, singers and dancers that work all year to prepare the carnaval parade. The most well known show takes place at the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro. The two days on Carnaval Sunday and Monday where the 12 “special” member samba schools compete for the championship is the great climax to Rio’s Carnaval season that no one wants to miss but there are amazing parades throughout the season ending with the Parade of Champions on the Saturday after Carnaval.
The event is the most popular celebration in Brazil and has become an event of huge proportions. The country stops completely for about a week and the festivities are intense, day and night, especially in coastal cities.
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By Janete Weinstein
February 17, 2012
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