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|Subject: Brazilian Carnival in Rio 14/11/2010, 9:44 am|| |
The Brazilian Carnival in Rio, Brazil is an annual festival thattakes place four days before Ash Wednesday, which is described as thebeginning of the 40 days fast, called lent. During the days of fasting,some Roman Catholics and Christians do not consume meat. The reason ofthe carnival is to bid farewell to some pleasures of the flesh and itis dedicated to Christ’s death.The carnival in Brazil is a little different from its counterpartsin Europe because it has a mixture of the Europe and Africanfundamentals. So much so that even the music, rhythm, and costume,changes a bit from one region of Brazil to the other. A fine example toquote the differences is seen in the southeast part of the cities,where the parade of the carnival is usually led by the Samba schoolsand only Samba school affiliates’ participate in it whereas in smallertowns, there is no public to view the carnival and hence, the carnivalis organized in clubs. In the North east section of Brazil, even thecommon public is allowed to dance and take part in the parade and enjoyit to the fullest as they are made to feel a part of the big show. TheCarnival is all about having fun, dancing to the catchy rhythm andwearing colorful clothes.The modern carnival originated in the year 1641, it was actually amimicry of the European style of having fun. However, over the years,it refrained itself and took inputs from different cultures likeEurope, North America and Africa.