Carnival in Brazil – by Rosaliene Bacchus

Carnival in Brazil

by Rosaliene Bacchus

Carnival in Fortaleza – Ceará – Brazil (wwwcarnaval2012.org)

Almost everything stops during Brazil’s four-day carnival extravaganza and festivities. The most celebrated festival in Brazil takes place yearly before Ash Wednesday. For some revelers, four days are not enough. They continue partying and binging throughout Ash Wednesday and the rest of the week.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Christian forty-day Lenten Season. It is a period of fasting and penance in remembrance of the suffering and death of Jesus Christ, and culminates in Jesus’ resurrection (Easter Sunday). Carnival can therefore be considered as a kind of last indulgence in worldly pleasures before cloaking oneself in self-denial during Lent.

In the early years in Brazil, I watched the Rio Carnival broadcast live on the TV. The vibrant colors and sparkle mesmerized me. I fell in love with the samba. With lessons from my girlfriends, I learned to dance the samba… somewhat.  [more]

Editor’s Note: Rosaliene Bacchus follows our Blog and contributes often with insightful comments to various entries.  She has her own Blog, and today we feature one of her latest entries… on Carnival in Brazil.  This is just one of her interesting blog entries … including how she became a citizen of Brazil, and how she learned Portuguese.  Please visit her blog… you would like it!  .. ..Cyril

— Post #1142

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