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Brazilian Carnival

Unleash your spirit at the Brazilian Carnival, a vibrant explosion of color, music, and dance. Experience the rhythm of Brazil's heart!
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Get ready to immerse yourself in an explosion of color, music, and dance at the Brazilian Carnival on Feb. 13. This world-renowned festival originated in the 18th century as a lavish ball held by Portuguese immigrants, and has since grown into a week-long celebration that captivates the entire nation of Brazil and attracts millions of tourists from around the globe each year. With roots steeped in a beautiful interpretation of native, African, and Portuguese cultures, Brazilian Carnival is a jubilant demonstration of unity and spirit. Kick off your shoes, feel the rhythm of Brazil’s heart, and come join us for this passionate extravaganza!

History of Brazilian Carnival

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1641</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Carnival's First Appearance in Brazil</div><div class='timeline-text'>Carnival was introduced to Brazil by Portuguese settlers, initially as a high-class ball inspired by European traditions.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1850s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>The Introduction of Carnival Parades</div><div class='timeline-text'>Organized processions with music and dancing began to define the celebration, influenced by African-Brazilian cultural practices.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1917</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Samba Marks Carnival</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Samba emerged as the official music of the Brazilian Carnival, transforming the rythym of the festival.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1950s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Creation of Samba Schools</div><div class='timeline-text'>Samba schools were formed in Rio de Janeiro, becoming a central part of the Carnival celebration and competition.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1984</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Opening of Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí</div><div class='timeline-text'>This specially designed parade venue in Rio de Janeiro became the official stage for the annual Samba school competition.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Record-Breaking Attendance</div><div class='timeline-text'>Carnival celebrations in Rio attracted over 1.5 million tourists, setting a new record for the jovial event.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Brazilian Carnival

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Participate in a Samba dance lesson</h3><p class='facts-text'>Samba is a key part of Brazilian Carnival. Learn the rhythm and moves, and amaze your friends with your new moves. Many dance studios offer classes, or you can find a tutorial online.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Host a Brazilian themed party</h3><p class='facts-text'>From vibrant decorations to an upbeat playlist featuring Brazilian music, create your own mini Carnival at home. And let's not forget Brazilian food and drinks: feijoada (black bean stew) and caipirinhas (Brazilian cocktail) are a must.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Make a colorful Carnival mask and costume</h3><p class='facts-text'>Part of the fun of Carnival is the extravagant, colorful outfit. Design and make your own mask using sequins, feathers, and glitter. Same with costumes, if you are audacious enough, create your own samba dance outfit.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Join a virtual event or street parade </h3><p class='facts-text'>If you can't be in Brazil, join a local parade or a virtual event. Many cities across the world host their own version of Carnival. Participating in one of these events will help you get into the spirit of the festival.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Learn about the history and culture</h3><p class='facts-text'>From its Afro-Brazilian roots to its influence in modern Brazil, understanding the history and unique culture surrounding Carnival will enhance your appreciation for the celebration.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Brazilian Carnival

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a celebration of rich culture and unity</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The Brazilian Carnival allows us to immerse ourselves in an incredible fusion of native, African, and Portuguese cultures, which are beautifully portrayed in the festival’s rhythms, colors, and dance moves. It's not just about the entertainment - it's also a poignant celebration of unity and spirit within Brazil’s diverse population.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a fun way to learn and participate in Samba dance</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>One of the key aspects of Brazilian Carnival is the vibrant Samba dance. Participating in a samba dance lesson can offer a fun way to not only learn about but also actively engage with Brazilian culture. Plus, who wouldn’t want to show off their cool new dance moves later?</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It inspires creativity and personal expression</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>From creating vivid, feathered masks to designing your own samba outfits, Brazilian Carnival positively encourages personal expression and creativity. These unique crafts aren't just a fun activity - they also take central stage in the Carnivals' colorful parades and parties, allowing everyone to actively participate in the celebration.</p></div></div>

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