Dancing the Rio de Janeiro Carnival
It’s time for
the Rio de Janeiro Carnival ! Exploding rhythms, colours, magnificent
carnival floats, women dancing samba nude only covered in body paint,
these are all usual associations with the Rio de Janeiro Carnival.
it’s not allowed to be completely naked during the carnaval, not
much is left for the imagination when the samba dancers move with
incredible agility through the sambodrome (Rio’s location for the
main carnival parade) or the streets in the city.
those wondering ‘When is Carnaval in Rio de Janiero?’:
six weeks before easter more than two million people gather in the
samba capitol to participate in the biggest party in the world,
the Brazil Carnival! As the time of easter varies through the years,
so does the Rio de Janeiro Carnival, usually between February and
march. The 2005 carnival Rio de Janerio will happen the first week
of February, the first parades being the 6 and 7 of February 2005.
is Rio de Janeiro Carnival? Where does it come from?”:
history of carnival in rio de janeiro shows roots to both Europe
and Africa. Originally the celebration came from Roman tributes
to their gods, which the church later turned into the initials of
the “Carne Vale” meaning something like “goodbye meat”.
Carne Vale was the initiation of the lent period which you were
supposed to keep from eating for some time as a way of purifying
Carnival spread to Brazil and Rio through the Portuguese which had
divided South America with spain. (Brasil is the only country which
speaks Portuguese, the others Spanish)
big drums and feathers is believed to have entered the Rio carnival
with the slavetrading from Africa. The black mans culture was seen
down upon and even forbidden until around 1930 when Vargas pin pointed
the carnaval themes or “enredo’s” back to the roots of the brasilian
population in which Africa had a part.
big drums came back to samba, and the famous Rio de Janeiro carnival
costumes started to emerge as we know them.
The Sambodrome, the location of the Rio carnaval
There are two
places to see Rio de Janeiro carnival, in the streets or in the
sambocrome is the Rio carneval as we know it, an enormous parade
with samba dancers, batteria (a corpse of drums, playing samba so
you feel the rhythm in your bones.).
Sambodrome itself is a huge stage area with a characteristic design
of something that looks like a m at a distanse. The parade enters
in between two stages with seats for 100,000 people.
in the streets is very different! Here you join in on the dancing,
and don’t be surprised if you get a kiss during the night, the Rio
de Janeiro carnival is know to make everyone a little crazy!
finish off the introduction, some carnival rio de janeiro photos
Rio de Janeiro carnival to Rio-de-Janeiro.info