Did you know that … Carnival is a party that is celebrated all over the world:
Carnival has many characteristics and with slight variations in the type of celebrations that depends a lot on the character of each region. Where people celebrated it with costumes, groups that sing songs, parades and street parties.
For many centuries, its origins vary according to historians, such as: pagan festivals, such as those held in honor of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, Saturnalia and Roman Lupercals, or those held in honor of the Apis bull in Egypt more than 5000 years ago, the pre-Hispanic Andean festivals and African-American cultures.
Currently, the carnival is celebrated in different ways in each country either by culture, religion or holiday and / or recreational activity, where it is represented with a parade in which the participants wear costumes and wear masks. However, the custom was transforming the celebration to its current form.
There are different ways to celebrate carnival in the world, this time we will mention some of them:
The carnival that takes place in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro: especially in the Sambadrome known for being one of the largest open-air spaces in the city where one can hold large events, where Brazilians and tourists gather to dance and see the great festivals offered by the different dance academies and / or samba studios where the evaluation of each one depends on the rhythm, participation, costumes and originality of the parade, it already takes place outdoors, which makes the visitor have a more active participation at a lower cost and you can dance and enjoy the shows and / or shows that are in the marches carried out by the academies with their dancers wearing their best costumes and Samba steps as well as the floats and also the The public can enjoy and see the electric trios (they are musical groups that travel the city in equipped trucks playing music) in the street parties of Rio; and not only in “Rio” it is celebrated but it can be found in Recife and Olinda, in Salvador de Bahía, the city where Samba was born – Florianópolis, among others.
Samba is the national music of Brazil, having Afro-Brazilian origin of 2 by 4 times but the beginning was specifically in Angola before arriving in Brazil; Currently he has a style that has received many mergers and is very varied; It is one of the rhythms that is used to celebrate carnival for the most part, the rest would be Latin rhythms (Salsa, Merengue, etc).
Carnival of Venice (Italy): it is unique in the world and its tradition dates back to the 11th century, although it was not declared a public holiday until two centuries later, it is totally different from the Spanish image, and much more from the Brazilian one. During the 10 days it lasts, people dress up and go out to walk and take photos, either in organized parades, or improvised (as if they were fresh out of a Canaletto painting).
Carnival in Barranquilla (Colombia): takes place in a space in which differences are overcome and diversity is expressed without limits in each mask, costume, dance and dance. The happy notes of a cumbiamba or band music make you feel that social classes, regions and the whole world come together to enjoy the riches that the ancestors left as a cultural and historical legacy in Colombia.
One of the famous carnivals in Venezuela is “El Callao”: where the Venezuelan celebrates and shows his public the history and culture that transcends the carnival in Venezuela for more than a century; where at the beginning they were family reunions who did not have in their hands the necessary resources to temporarily move to their native towns and enjoy the colorful festivals, in these they pointed out their concerns acquired from generation to generation of the family and whose most outstanding manifestations were general art culinary, homemade drinks, varied music, dance, dance, theater, stories about their tales and legends, and perhaps the practice of magical and / or religious beliefs; Some of the best known characters are: La Madama, Medio Pinto, miners, fantasy, the sun and the star of the last moon, although they always vary in each carnival.
That is to say, the “El Callao” carnival is the result of the history of the city’s inhabitants and their diversity by exalting the Afro-Caribbean cultural legacy and the influences of other communities, causing a strong strength of the identity of the people of Callao, fostering unity among them and encourages the younger generations to discover their cultural heritage, passing from generation to generation among families by composing melodies, playing musical instruments, singing, dancing and making masks.
Cologne Carnival (Germany) also known as “the fifth season of the year”: it is one of the most important cultural events in Germany. They are especially popular for the parades on Carnival Monday (Rosenmontag).
There is a great variety of carnivals around the world with their culture and / or customs, in conclusion, it is an event or holiday that people release stress as it is dynamic, theatrical and sporty (due to the dance of different rhythms, most of them Latin especially in Latin America), in such a way that it helps the body to release tension resulting in fun and relaxation.