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When someone says Brazil, the first
few things that pop up in my head are the statue of Jesus and the
carnival of Rio de Janeiro. The carnival of Rio is infamous and
When someone says Brazil, the first few things that pop up in my head are the statue of Jesus and the carnival of Rio de Janeiro. The carnival of Rio is infamous and needs no introduction. From its pumped up vibe, its colorful performers and just the celebration that the whole carnival is in general, it is a lifetime experience. But do you know the origins of this bright celebration?
There are two theories to the origin of the carnival. The first is that it had its origins with the Greeks, who celebrated a spring festival in the honor of the God of Wine, Dionysius. Taking a leaf out of the Greeks, the Romans did it for the Roman counterpart of Dionysius, Bacchus. And it is said to have spread from there. The second theory is that the carnival is supposedly an event that has roots of Catholic origin and some European Pagan ones as well. Typically even today, the Carnival is celebrated before Lent. Lent are the forty days of sacrifice before Easter that starts on Ash Wednesday. It is said the carnival has its origins as a food festival, a way of eating to ones content before the forty days. However, the event evolved into an over indulgence of alcohol and food, which led the church to wash its hands off it. With the dawn of Samba, the carnival just upped its game and turned into the majestic festival it is.