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Photos: Aussies go inside North Korea's mysterious hotels. Similar to other celebrations before lent, carnival was originally a festival of food.
As preparation for the 40 days of fasting that would start on Ash Wednesday, people feasted on meat and other food in the days leading up to the start of the fast. It is maintained that this practice was originally established to use all of the food so it would not go off during the Lenten period as meat was prohibited during the observance.
The first carnivals were celebrated in Italy and similarly to today, consisted of people enjoying themselves, playing music and dressing up. This type of celebration then spread to the rest of Europe — France, Spain, Portugal and eventually to the Americas and Brazil.
Brazilian historians claim that the first carnival style celebrations in Brazil were in Rio de Janeiro. It is claimed that the first took place in , to celebrate the crowning of John IV of Portugal. They would also paint their faces and dress up for the occasion. In the early days, the upper class did not join the entrudo , preferring to stay inside, if only to throw flour from their high windows at the working class population below.
Entrudo was considered an unruly celebration and was eventually banned in Rio de Janeiro in the nineteenth century. Around this time they also began to form societies to organize the parties.
This did not deter the working class population however and they continued with their celebrations. Eventually, both the working class and the upper class would parade on the streets once a year. These are the origins of the long ropes we see today separating the followers of the floats and the onlookers standing along the street.
The elite would parade along the streets in their cars which eventually led to the tradition of the carnival floats. There were displays of other art forms including capoeira and different musical styles brought by the eclectic mix of people, characteristic of Brazil.
Musical carnival processions started in the 19 th century. The samba schools in Rio de Janeiro started to garner the support of businesses and sponsors, turning into more of a commercial activity than before. During this period, the city council of Rio de Janeiro started to put stands along the streets, mainly Avenida Rio Branco, and started to charge entry to see the schools parading. Blocos came about when groups of people living in the same neighbourhoods came together to plan parties during carnival.
These were groups of friends who came together to play at different locations throughout the cities. As the movement grew, people began to form bands according to their neighbourhoods.
These bands became known as blocos. The first blocos that were recognized and permitted by authorities in Brazil were in in Rio de Janeiro. In those days the blocos were seen as the wildest carnival manifestations as opposed to the balls that members of the upper class were accustomed to. That Night in Rio. Pelo Telephono Donga 1st Carioca Samba. Lundu Marajoara. Bossa Nova. Latin Dance. Paso Doble.
Since then, the musicians descendants of slaves started to see the Samba as a new approach to the batuque from Angola, and determined themselves to integrate it to white society trough organizations they called Samba Schools.
A pioneer of Samba, Angenor de Oliveira, was quoted as saying "In my childhood, we played the Samba in the backyards of the old ladies, whom we call "tias" aunts , and the police stopped us often, because the Samba, then, was considered a "thing" of bums and bandits.
Unfortunately, until today in Brazil if a "white" person dedicate himself to the samba art form, he is considered an intellectual, or eccentric, but if an African descendent does the same, he is seeing like somebody who does not want to get a job, or something in that level.
Unlike other societies that cherish the Blues, the Jazz, the Mambo, the Rumba, the Reggae and others, and sees these musical art forms as a national treasure and are proud of it, Brazilian society refuses to recognize the Samba as a culture, as Brazil's main culture and pays no respect to their masters.
Salamanca Do Jarau - Various - Via Brazil - Sambas Carnaval (Vinyl slide Next slide. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Luciana De Paula, who was singing with her cousins on her way to a bloco, said Brazil may go through the bad and the good, but Carnival is always the same: an incredibly happy time. Samba schools are the name given to the clubs that organize LP) massive parades that move through the cities during carnival in Brazil. Here are some pieces of advice to help you stay safe during carnival in Brazil and allow you to enjoy it to the fullest! Blues Classical Country. Delores Del Rio. Carnival is a time of celebration and joy, it has the potential to be the party of a lifetime!
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