If you have been craving the best Brazilian experience, the Brazilian Carnival can give you exactly that!
Although other cultures and countries also celebrate the festival, Brazil is the only place in the world where it is more widely and keenly celebrated.
From the north to the south of the country, the Brazilian Carnival is the year’s biggest party. This is the much-anticipated work holiday that is the perfect time to enjoy dance and music to the fullest and have a fun party for 5 days or more.
When is the Brazilian Carnival?
The Brazilian Carnival is the country’s national holiday, with festivities planned for several months ahead of time. It celebrates the time that leads to Catholic Lent and concludes on the Tuesday right before Ash Wednesday.
The Carnival’s official dates may differ every year, just like Easter. However, since the celebrations often take place during late February and March, which are summer months in the southern hemisphere, it creates the best ambiance for huge street parties across the country.
Beaches are often crowded during this time, as are bars, hotels, and other favorite tourist sites. Some stores also have reduced hours, while others are closed. The whole country seems to slow down as it prepares for the coming of magic.
How the Brazilian Carnival Started
The festivities in Brazil can be traced as far back as 1723, when the Portuguese immigrants who came from the islands of Cabo Verde, Madeira, and Acores introduced the Entrudo. People flocked to the streets, threw food and mud, and soaked each other with buckets of water.
The concepts continued to change during the 1800s, when parades became more organized and the emperor participated with a group of aristocrats, parading in masks with music and luxurious costumes. When the 1840s came, masquerade carnival balls set to waltzes and polkas rose in popularity.
According to the story, Deixa Falar was the first samba school in 1928 and was already mentioned in Rio’s newspapers in 1929. On the other hand, Conjunto Oswaldo Cruz’s block would become Portela, and this is among the first clashes.
Several researchers claim that the white and blue school in the neighborhood of Oswaldo Cruz would have been the first since the block would have been developed in 1923 while the school was built in 1926.
Manguiera was born in 1923 and is also an offshoot of Blocl dos Arengueiros. Various other teams from numerous communities in the neighborhood of Rio followed the footsteps of Mangueira and formed samba schools to participate in the carnival.
After 10 years, street parades with military bands and horse-drawn floats became the carnival’s center of attention. When the century was coming to an end, the carnival became a festivity for the working class, where people joined the parade wearing costumes and were accompanied by musicians playing flutes and string instruments.
The Brazilian Carnival is truly a beautiful festival that you shouldn’t miss if you ever find yourself visiting the country during the months when it is held.