Article by Kamilla Jamal
The 2015 Carnival
by Kamilla Jamal
If you have Snapchat, it’s pretty likely you’ve seen quite a few stories about the 5-day carnival, primarily taking place in Rio de Janeiro and Germany.
But what is it?
The 2015 Carnival is a wild 5-day celebration that takes place about 40 days before Easter. It’s an event in which people dance, sing, party and have an overdose of fun. This carnival is especially famous in Brazil, and has gathered thousands of foreigners every year. During celebrations, people dance the national dances, such as “samba”, “frevo”, and “axé”.
The roots of the carnival can be traced back to the Romans and Greeks who celebrated the arrival of spring with parties. These traditions were carried over to South America through Portuguese immigrants in the 1700s.
The carnival has evolved over time, with the addition of masquerade balls and then big street parades with groups of people playing music and dancing. Today, the carnival takes place on city streets. The carnival encompasses both fun and competition, and a highlight in Rio de Janeiro’s celebrations is the Samba Parade, a fierce competition between around 200 of Rio’s samba schools.
Around two million people are expected to take to the streets per day this year, from South America to Europe.
In an interview with Timm Hartel, a German senior who went to his first carnival in Germany as a child, he says, “it was really nice to see the whole country kind of come together. People of all ages have so much fun dancing, singing, and performing. There’s a tradition that’s really funny—men have to wear ties and if a woman wants to, she goes up to him and cuts off his tie! It’s things like this that make me persuade others to visit the carnival at least once in their life!”
But the carnival is not just for the general public. Celebrities such as Mario Testino, Riccardo Tisci, and Alessandra Ambrosio are fellow carnival enthusiasts!
So what about you? Are you planning on attending a carnival in the following years? Let us know in the comments!