Rio Carnival, World’s Best Carnival

Rio Carnival is one of the most entertaining leisure events on earth that are hold during the whole year. Every year, the carnival is held between 13th and 16th of February. Carnival is very important to the Brazilians, it sums up their culture. It is a euphoric event where people dance, sing, party and have tons of fun.

People’s acquaintance with Rio Carnival dates back to 1723. Even though it has such a long history, Rio Carnival is actually famous for its Samba Parade that consists of a plenty of people and dancers from various samba schools. Because Samba Parade of the Rio Carnival is quite different from other parades, millions of tourists visit Brazil during that period.

Carnival-in-Rio

Rio Carnival is the result of months of preparation. People eagerly anticipate the start of each year’s Rio Carnival. It begins with the crowning of the Fat King (King Momo), who is presented with a giant silver and gold key by the city’s mayor. Then it is Carnival all over the place, in the streets and squares, bars, clubs and all other venues, taking over the whole city of Rio and culminating in the Rio Carnival Parade also known as the Samba Parade.

Therefore, it is acknowledged that Samba Parade is supposed to be seen at least once in a lifetime. This parade can be perceived just as a street festival but indeed it is more than that because it mostly demonstrates the competition among the samba schools. It might seem that dancers in the Samba Parade is just hanging out but actually it is an orchestrated parade in which every dancer has a certain role and place depending on the samba school he/she has enrolled.

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Another feature that makes Rio Carnival unique is that Samba Parade has different themes every year. Also, each samba school is represented with different colored costumes. Thus, these characteristics make the Samba Parade entertaining and exciting to watch. Since people all around the world are aware of this fact, Rio de Janerio attracts a plenty of visitors from Australia to Russia.

Rio Dancer Samba

Rio Dancer Samba

Rio Carnivals Girls

Rio Carnivals Girls

Rio Carnival Samba

Rio Carnival Samba

There are also other activities as the parade goes on such as balls in Copacabana Palace and beach and street festivals that are highly accompanied with traditional music and dancing, namely samba. Since everyone is allowed to participate in the street festivals, you can have the joy of music, dancing and singing at the same time by means of visiting Rio de Janerio during the carnival time.

Rio de Jenario Carnival Girls

Rio de Jenario Carnival Girls

The Sambodromo is the stadium of samba. It consists of the Parading Avenue (the samba run-way) and several independent concrete structures for the spectators (the so called sectors) along both sides of the Parading Avenue. it comes to life during Carnival It is truly magnificent and overpowering, lit up with special effects on Samba Parade nights, filled with thousands of cheering spectators and surrounded by many other thousands of people who could not get inside. It can seat around 70,000 people, which is already far too few for the ever growing Rio Carnival Parade. Entry to the Sambodromo is only possible with tickets for events. However it opens its doors and offers free entry to the grand stand seats in almost all sectors on rehearsal days which take place in the Sambodromo on the weekends before Rio Carnival.

Rio Sambodromo

All in all, Rio Carnival is a great opportunity to discover Brazilian culture that is exposed by local dancers and singers. Furthermore, it provides you an occasion to entertain yourselves with Rio Carnival’s outstanding atmosphere and ambiance as well as never-ending dancing and music. You shouldn’t wait for the best time to visit Rio de Janerio because no doubt carnival time is the right time.

Rio Carnival

You can get detailed information about Rio Carnival at http://rio-carnival.net/

La Tomatina, The Tomato Fight Festival

On the last Wednesday of August every year a food fight festival called La Tomatina is held in Spain in the city of Bunol. Many people from all over the world participate in the festival where many tons of ripe tomatoes are thrown at each other in the streets. There is a brutal battle of tomatoes that takes place in the festival.

The La Tomatina festival lasts for a week and has many dances, fireworks and music and many parades. A night before the tomatoes fight all the people participating people come together and they compete against each other in a paella cooking competition. As a part of the tradition men do not wear shirts in the festival and women wear black. Many people from different parts of the world come to Bunol to witness this festival.

The festival is very famous and about 20000-50000 people come every year for it. Tomatoes are brought in from all parts of the country and the only use is that they are thrown at each other. The tomato throwing happens for an hour but the festival lasts for a week and there of lots of food and great music and dance and everybody enjoys it to the core.

The food fight lasts for a hour and after that a rocket is launched which signifies that no more tomatoes can be thrown at the others after that. After this the whole town cleans the streets and after the entire cleaning the city looks very clean because of the acidic property of the vegetable.
For all those people who like to and wish to attend the festival they should ensure that they carry proper eye ware as saving the eyes from the tomatoes is very important. The tomato juice really hurts the eyes. Another important thing is the correct footwear as with tons of tomatoes on the floor it becomes very slippery and there are chances of slipping and hurting themselves.

Tomato Festivall

The weeklong festival takes place in the honour of the patron saint of the town. The festivities are great as they are many things to enjoy and there is lots of wine to drink and lots of delicious food to eat. The festival is a must watch and one must surely attend it as it is very unique. One will rarely witness something so different. A weeklong of celebrations where there are people more than 5 times of the city and the end is with a tomato fight. The community spirit is reflective when everybody comes together and cleans the town to leave it clean and shining. This festival is something one should for sure attend in their life as it is too much fun for sure.

Rio de Janeiro Vacations, Copacabana Palace, Brazil Vacations

February 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Brazil Vacations, World's Best Carnivals

Rio is blessed with a wonderful natural setting. The city is situated on a 15-mile strip of land, wedged between the mountains, with contrasting peaks including Sugar Loaf and Corcovado, topped by the famous statue of Christ, and the sea. There are some thirty miles separating downtown Flamengo from far-flung Recreio, bordered on one side by the blue sea, on the other by verdant hills. Between them lies a colorful state of mind called carioca, with almost 8 million locals who samba their way, relaxed and high-spirited, through life.

The cariocas are known for their warmth, beauty and their fun loving attitude to life yet they are also hard-working and competent. This competence has made Rio one of Brazil’s most important cities economically speaking.

Rio Carnaval

Fortunately in Rio there’s much more beyond and behind the glitter: historic neighborhoods, compelling architecture, wildlife and nature, dining (fine and not so fine), nightspots, bookshops, cafes, museums, and enclaves of rich and poor. In Rio, the more you explore, the more there is.

Samba:
The music people instantly associate with Brazil is samba. This is the music of carnival in Rio and one of the most popular rhythms. Samba was first performed in the 1917 carnival, although its origins go back much further. Its distinctive drumbeats reflect a strong African influence. The frenzied rhythm of samba is accompanied by distinctive dance steps which, to the uninitiated, seem to defy most of nature’s laws of movement. As well as the famous carnival sambas, this style is present in many other music types and few Brazilian artists have not recorded at least one samba melody.

Brazil - Samba

Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro:
Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro is truly one of the greatest spectacles in the world.  For many cariocas (locals from Rio ), this event is the most highly anticipated of the year. In Rio , everything stops for most of a week and everyone lets their hair out and parties.  Carnaval typically lasts from sometime Thursday and continues on through Ash Wednesday of the following week.

Rio Dancer Samba
Rio Dancer Samba

This time is filled with various themed street parades which are so plentiful as to be able to pass almost the whole time in some parade or event.  Also during this time are the amazing samba school competitions which take place in the specially built sambadrome. There are two ways to take in the samba school competition. The first is to purchase tickets and go see the show.

Rio Carnivals Girls
Rio Carnivals Girls

Rio Carnival Samba
Rio Carnival Samba

The competition takes place in the specially built sambadrome. Tickets go on sale in January for all three nights.  However, only a small portion of the tickets are sold to the public at the ticket outlets. These typically sell out very quickly. The larger portion of the tickets are sold directly to corporate sponsors and tourist agencies. Read more