Ah, carnival, carnival…
The word “carnival” are two Latin root — carno (meat) and vale (farewell). This holiday is traditionally Catholic countries takes place 40 days before the beginning of lent. The origins of carnival are still in pagan ceremonies in honor of the ancient Egyptian God Osiris and in the Roman Saturnalia.
For tourists, the winter carnival is one of the best ways to relax from the daily routine. The carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Goa, Basel and nice — each of these Grand holidays has its own character and special atmosphere. Whichever of carnivals of the world you choose, an explosion of emotions and good mood is guaranteed!
Brazilian carnival, one of the most famous circuses in the world — is an exotic blend of European sophistication, ancient Indian traditions and customs of black slaves. The world’s most famous carnival in Rio de Janeiro is a beautiful, luxurious and sexy performance of the global audience, but in the Outback these days also having fun. Folk festivals are held away from the tourist centers in Salvador, Recife and Fort-Leese, though instead of frivolous stories here usually are drawn historical scenes.
But all the main action takes place here, in the main city of His Majesty Carnival. Traditionally, the carnival begins with the “official part” — the symbolic transfer of the keys of the city mayor “king of carnival”. For four days it becomes a full owner of the city and shall be empowered to promulgate and repeal any laws. However, the law known: all to have fun! And the population expresses full readiness to obey. A whole week no work.
The crowd of half-dressed people filled to overflowing the streets, which does not drive any car. The fiery rhythms of Samba the whole town is dancing. Erotic “tone” carnival participants and spectators rises so that, in order to avoid a population explosion, the authorities are forced every year to be giving a few million condoms. Although carnivals are held in many countries, the Brazilian is perhaps the most important of them. Annually it is visited by over 500,000 people.
Another equally famous carnival of Venice. Carnivals, the Venetians took over together with the Latin culture: the origins of this holiday, as we know, are famous in the Roman Saturnalia. The main tradition of Saturnalia was the collapse of the differences between masters and slaves. However, to caste prejudices did not spoil the fun, during the Saturnalia, all hid their faces behind masks. Heir to this tradition and became Venice.
During the carnival, nothing seemed too shameful, too bold, too reckless, too slutty. Opened hundreds of gambling houses, where he played huge fortunes changed and where lawful husbands and wives unknown “mask”. Not to make the fall carnival in the days and nights when even the Church has become less harsh, it was just obscene.
Now over 500,000 romantics come here every year to merge with bright festive crowd. Every year the carnival opens oldest Venetian holiday — Festa delle Marie, which is dedicated to the liberation of the Venetian girls, kidnapped by pirates from Istria.
St. Mark’s square, arranged presentation of “Commedia Dell’arte”, and then rain down on the audience tons of confetti. Take to the streets, hundreds and thousands of Harlequin, Pierrot, Pantaloon and Columbine, Musketeers and Bhutto, and a great procession takes place from the Palace of St. Peter to St. Mark’s square, where, after a symbolic burning of effigies start dancing.