Yes, Carnaval is the best known in Brazil, the first thing we think of when they mention the country, and there is at least some idea in the minds of people from all over the planet about this great event. Rhythms and colors, costumes; like many other parties, the idea of Carnaval dates back to Roman and Greek traditions even if it does not depend entirely on them. In Brazil it is also the result of consolidated customs at the time of European colonization and the slave trade; typical carnival dances have African influence and were a way of celebrating freedom as well as opening a space to blur social roles thanks to costumes, music and agitation. It is also said that it was the Portuguese who initiated the tradition, with mask parties, much more sober than the current ones, in which waltzes and polcas were danced.

The Carnaval is a mixture of influences and traditions that also includes the particular ingredients of each region where it is celebrated. Because one thing is the Carnaval of Rio de Janeiro, the most famous, and another thing is the Carnival of Brazil, which is celebrated in almost every city and town in the country, starting four days before Ash Wednesday. Today travelers can choose to experience Carnaval in multiple ways, visiting the different cities, which offer particular rhythms and flavors, always sharing their personal magic with the visitors.

Carnaval in Salvador de Bahia

It is one of the most popular after Rio, and it happens on the streets of the city for 10 days! It is danced to the rhythm of the axe that plays in giant trucks with platforms and sound systems, where artists play live around a circuit around the city. There is a party for everyone, buying tickets to enter the stages or simply walking freely through the streets to enjoy the alternative version.

Carnaval en Olinda

Neighbor of Recife, capital of Pernambuco, the colonial town of Olinda sings and dances to the sound of the frevo, coco, ciranda and maracatu. Walking through the cobbled streets, revelers encounter giant dolls that embody traditional characters such as Zé Pereira, his partner Vitalina and the famous Midnight Man. Everything at the Olinda carnival and other cities in the state of Pernambuco encourages a playful and fun atmosphere

Rio de Janeiro, much more than a Carnaval

It is four days of official Carnaval in the Sambadrome, but it is 361 days of preparation for its participants. It is so much part of the culture that samba schools work all year in costumes, carriages and dances. The most interesting are the social and cultural projects that have emerged as a result of this, such as the Pimpolhos da Grande Rio, a school that since its foundation has been developing events, courses and shows so that people from all over the world can experience the carnival in any day of the year, and at the same time so that local communities can take advantage of these initiatives at an educational, recreational and economic level. For example, the Carnaval Experience, which is not only an experience at the backstage of this event with costumes, dances and percussion, but also directly supports the children and families that benefit from the project. Today, it is responsible for 65% of the association’s resources, which allows courses, workshops, tours, conferences and carnaval parades to be taken.

“Since its creation, more than thousands of people visited the Carnaval School Platform, and today many generate income by participating in artistic productions inside and outside this big popular party. Our main goal is to build a citizen education, developing critical sense through art, encouraging collective and collaborative work, working the self-esteem of our community and make it look at its history to build its future.” Pimpolhos da Grande Rio

Carnaval 2020

The dates of the carnaval in 2020 are from February 21 to 26 and the rest of the year, Brazil is also prepared to welcome thousands of locals and travelers who do not want to miss this experience. The important thing is to come to have a memorable experience that in addition to having fun motivates us to understand and share with the locals the importance of this cultural celebration for the identity of the Brazilian people.