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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

Ah, the carnival! Venice

These days in thunders famous Venice Carnival. It began on 2 February and will delight with bright colors, catchy music and unbridled joy until February 12. Traditionally, the carnival of Venice takes place 10 days before the beginning of lent.

According to documentary information about Venice carnival thousands of years. And its origins lie in the Roman ritual ceremonies. In medieval Venice carnival was much longer than it is now. Finished it, as now, before lent, but began in late December, and the mask was allowed to carry on 1 October. Some sources say that in the thirteenth century the Venetians masks dressed in lent, to have fun without being recognized servants of the Church.

In the mask it was possible to go beyond the conventional rules, hiding the face. Not by chance in Venice carnival masks to gain such popularity that they were worn on ordinary days. Often masks dressed to commit nefarious deeds. So gradually, they began to ban.

With 1339 year he released a new law banning the wearing of masks at night were also placed restrictions on visits to convents of men in female masks.

Since 1608 the mask was completely forbidden, since people already in the mask it was impossible to carry a gun, to visit churches, monasteries and any holidays Continue reading

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