Brazilians are one of the most racially mixed people in the world and perhaps that has something to do with their ability to throw a world-class party! Carnival is recognized around the world as one of the best festivities to attend. So why not come party at the Carnival in Brazil.
If a great party and lots of people are your idea of a good time then Carnival in Salvador da Bahia Brazil is a festival you need to attend. Carnival is spelled in Portuguese perhaps a hint of the cultural mix of these amazing people. Each year Carnival dates vary a bit but they always start sometime in February and end on Ash Wednesday. The 2006 Carnival begins in February 23 and runs right through to March 1st.
The Carnival was first introduced in Brazil as entrudo a Portuguese celebration where everyone goes into the streets and throws mud and dirty water on each other. This tradition dates back to 1899 and by but Rio’s Carnival has evolved from the basic entrudo celebration to a world class event with outlandish costumes, and dazzling dancers and floats.
Like clockwork, every year 7 weeks prior to Easter Brazil stops because Carnival has arrived. From Saturday through Tuesday, a full 4 days, as a climax to summer, the sings and dances in clubs, on the streets, at the beach, and anywhere else that people gather with music. In Salvador, the celebrations often go on for over a week.
The music is as varied as the people. It may be a group beating bottles or cans, or a sophisticated three hundred piece samba drum and horn band. You’ll see the most wonderful and outrageous costumes ever! Men dressed as women, clowns, Sheiks, Indians, pirates, scanty clothes women in mini bikinis, nothing but body paint, or nothing more than a pair of stilettos.
This party is about joy and pleasure. As one clerk stated “the devil is on the loose.” This is not a party for everyone for here nobody belongs to anybody and anybody belongs to everybody.
The weather is hot, and the sensuality is in the air but there’s more than frivolity and crazy before to the Carnival. It actually serves an important purpose in Brazilian tradition, which is encoded in their costumes, their dance and their music.
This is a time of pre-lent celebration that dates back to the 6th century BC when the Greeks had their spring festival to honor the Power of Wild Nature. The Romans carried on the celebration into Saturnalia and Bacchanali where the normal social order was turned a muck and people drank, danced, and acted crazy.
It arrived in Brazil as the Carnival as a form of the Portuguese entrudo. The first masked Carnival took place at the Hotel Italia in Rio in 1840, while the first European style parade was in 1850.
Over the years, Carnival continued to grow and change and by the 1960s, it had gained worldwide attention because of television coverage. The Samba events continue to draw competitors from around the world and continue to grow.
Today Carnival in Brazil is basically still the same event it always was just on a much grander scale and now it enjoys visitors from around the world who come to celebrate with the locals. This is a time of feasting, dancing, and partying. It’s a time when some social rules and morality are forgotten. The only focus is fun, which is why the Carnival is often referred to as folia meaning no rules.
During carnival everything goes. This is not an event for the timid or those with strict moral standards. This is an event enjoyed by the free spirited, open minded, fun loving, fun seeking individuals of all ages from around the world. So if you enjoy a serious party then make Carnival Brazil your next party stop!