History Of Carnival
History of carnival In Brazil
When we speak of Brazil carnival as it is today, it is hard to
imagine that it is rooted in European influence back in
1845 and that it came to Brazil as celebrations before the
beginning of the forty day 'Lent' period of fasting and
Brasil Carnaval Parade
There are numerous theories on the origins of carnival, which is
celebrated around the world in many different ways. Every year,
approximately four days before Ash Wednesday brasil carnavals
erupt into sizzling high Summer celebrations in Brazil.
One theory on the history of Carnivale in Brazil, is that the
bourgeoisie of Rio de Janeiro introduced the practice of
holding masquerade parties and balls from Paris, mimicking the
European form of the festival, Lent.
During the 46 days of Lent, which is a fasting period, it is
traditional that many foods such as meats are strictly forbidden;
nor can there be any parties or merry making. This religious
period, for both Catholics and Christian orthodox, serve as a
reminder of the "Passion of Jesus" and is seen as a time to repent
of his suffering.
The word carnival is thought to come from the Italian Carne Vale
or Carnvale, - which in Italian means goodbye to flesh or
farewell to meat, which is not consumed during the period of Lent.
However, it is believed that in preparation for Lent, the four days
leading up to Ash Wednesday becomes a feasting period, with dancing
and partying before the more peaceful and calmer season between Ash
Wednesday and Easter. Hence, prior to the 46 days of Lent, Carnivale
is seen as an opportunity to hold a large celebration before the
The significance and history of
carnival in Rio
The Capital city of Rio de Janeiro is therefore significant
in the history of carnival. It is noted that the date of the
first form of carnaval activity in Rio de Janeiro was in 1723.
Immigrants from the Portuguese
Island of Acores, Maderia and Cabo Verde, introduced the prank
of entrudo, where water, flour and corn starch etc., was
thrown at each other. This is still in existence today and is
widely practiced during brasil carnaval, with some new additions
being added over the years, such as the water-filled baloons -
you've been warned!
Of great significance is the introduction of the European-styled
formal balls and masquerade parties in Rio de Janeiro, during
the early nineteenth century. These highly regarded social events
evolved into ever more glamorous society carnival balls, held on
Saturday night of carnival and increased in popularity in Rio up
until the 1950's.
From the 1950's to 1960's, brasil carnaval balls and partying evolved
further, into the now full blown extravaganza that it resembles
today. Although its foundation of carnival balls are still
popular, these now take on many varied forms, ranging from the
Gay Gala Ball, attended by transvestites, homosexuals, hetrosexuals
and drag queens wearing an array of costumes. Copacabana Palace
Hotel host the most prestigious ball - the Gala Ball, with
the line-up of guests being government officials, celebrities etc.,
There were further significant developments in the history of
carnival, which over time, acquired elements derived from
Native American and African cultures, (which are more predominant
in carnavals in Brazil northeast today). One such element being
the Samba, which is from the West African heritage of
Brasil and was to become an intrinsic part of modern day
carnival in Brazil.
The next dramatic chapter in the history of Brazil carnival
occurred during the very liberating 1960's, which shaped
carnivals in Brazil into what it is today. It is estimated that
in excess of a quarter of a million tourists visit for
carnaval brasil each year. It is little wonder, when you consider
that the Brazilian carnival is known worldwide and attract carnaval
lovers of every age, gender and religion from both within and
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