Carnival in Brazil
The Carnival is one of Brazil’s biggest festivals of the year, with people coming from all four corners of the globe to experience the Brazilian custom. Carnival is celebrated 46 days before the Easter festival in Brazil every year. The origins of the festival are believed to be Roman Catholic in tradition, originating when Brazil was influenced by Europe. At the time, followers of the Roman Catholic Church would indulge in one last day of dance, fun and alcohol before the start of Lent. They would then abstain from alcohol and other sins. During this celebration, people would exchange clothes and participate in wild dancing. This year Carnival is being celebrated in February the hottest month in the Southern Hemisphere.
Carnival in Sao Paulo Brazil
There are carnival celebrations on virtually every corner if Brazil, with the biggest and most famous carnival being held in Rio de Janeiro. The carnival in Sao Paulo comes a close second with hundreds and thousands of visitors heading to the city to experience true Afro-Brazilian culture. The festival gives people of the world a chance to learn about Brazilian culture it sums up their way of thinking and way of life. Sao Paulo’s Carnival is a euphoric event where people dance, sing, party and have an overdose of fun.
What to Expect During Carnival in Sao Paulo
The Carnival lasts for five days, however its main days are Friday and Saturday with the top samba schools competing for the sought-after championship trophy, the winners are declared on Ash Wednesday. The Anhembi Sambadrome is the main focus of Sao Paulo’s Carnival, here over 30,000 spectators are treated to the sights and the sounds of the samba schools. Even people with two left feet can enjoy the show in all its splendor. The Sambadrome isn’t the only place to experience the festival extravaganza with a number of street parades or blocos. Banda do Trem Elétrico and Bantanta are popular blocos that attract a huge crowd of party goers on their parade route. For visitors that would like a quieter choice of Carnival the smaller neighbouring towns of Sao Paulo are calmer and quainter hold smaller level celebrations during the afternoon and evening.
Sao Paulo has a number of restaurants that play host to Carnival Balls including Bar Brahma and Avenida Club and hold parties for all five nights of the festival.
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