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Brazilian carnival

For almost half a century, the carnival in Rio – the most famous in the world.

• it sets the tone for the carnivals in Europe and America. its the modern world Brazilian carnival has developed quite recently, in the first half of the twentieth century. Tied to the lunar calendar, Easter and lent, Brazilian carnival, like Mardi Gras – holiday mobile, it is the end of February or beginning of March.

• From a European tradition of solemn processions future Brazilian carnival borrowed lush robes (to make them parties to spare neither money nor time) and carnival carts, called in Latin carrus navalis (the”wagon ” ship”), and Spanish simply “karros” .

• Current Brazilian carnival carnival unthinkable without associations – voluntary communities (sometimes numbering up to several thousand people) presented on separate processions processions with their own Kiarostami.

• Immediate predecessors carnival associations were African theatrical procession with music, singing and dancing, Dating back to pagan rituals – kardous and ranches. Among obligatory characters of this action were king, clowns, Indians, the dead, the devils, the teacher is the conductor and “the parade commander”, Continue reading

The Spirit of Carnival

The onset of the carnival is clearly felt in the air Rio deJaneiro. Wherever you looked, everywhere you can see the “carnival” smile, hear the rhythm of Samba and to feel the spirit of the event itself.

The first day of the Carnival began with the unusual spectacle for me. I witnessed on the subway on the way to Copacabana about six teenagers began to Bang on his surfboard and knock on the railroad tracks. However, this does not bother others, on the contrary, passengers awaiting the train began to stomp to the rhythm of kicking, passing “carnival” smile from one to the other, suddenly everything around him began to dance Samba. At the moment I really understood what a true Brazilian spirit of the holiday.

I asked: “What is a Carnival?” But the answers were very vague. So conducted their ceremony, not Greek, not Roman atheists. Later such balls were adopted from Italian culture around the second half of the nineteenth century and has gained the highest popularity in the 30-ies. This period is called the “Golden age”.

I was told that the Parade of Samba also has its origins in the 30-ies, however, only in 1984 he came to Rio de Janeiro, where traditionally it has been held in Sambodromo. Although it is not explained me such great importance that attaches to this action. Why all Brazil freezes Continue reading

The Most unusual festivals of the world

We always look forward to any holidays, because it can be fun to note, you can not go to work or school (not all of course), etc. We have long been accustomed to the usual holidays — the New year. March 8, February 23, victory Day, etc. But there are so many different holidays that the common man of our country may seem strange, funny and unusual. So, the most unusual festivals in the world.

1. Of Hadak Matsuri. In Japan every third Saturday of February, decided to hold this festival, or rather even a Festival. Thousands of naked men out in the cold. They are dressed only in loincloths and sandals. According to custom, so goes the rite of ritual purification. It is believed that on this day, if a man discards his clothes off, it automatically resets all the failures and attracts good luck.

2. March of the zombies. This holiday is celebrated annually in Canada (Boston). Something like Halloween. but then thousands of people dress up in zombie and walk down the street depicting the walking dead brain eaters. What is remarkable is that many of them try to copy the gait of a zombie from the clip Michael Jackson-Thriller (1983).

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