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CARNAVAL!

24 Feb
CARNAVAL!

From a very talented blogger, currently experiencing motherhood and expat life in Brazil, and a friend, Tessa Wegener. A great and enjoyable read!

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Samba! Feathers! Glitter! Streamers! Confetti! — Carnaval has officially begun in Brazil!

A little bit of history

Did you know that the word carnaval is believed to have evolved from the Latin phrase carnem levare which means “to remove meat”? Carnaval, like Mardi Gras in the U.S. or Karneval in Germany, is a pre-Lenten celebration that ends on Ash Wednesday and has its roots in European Catholicism (or in earlier pagan traditions, depending on your source!).

Carnaval in Brazil is a transcultural phenomenon and its history is inextricably linked to European colonialism and African slavery. The Portuguese settlers of Brazil introduced Entrudo (another name for Carnaval) during the 18th century. Initial celebrations evolved over the years and took on the form of masquerade balls, polka dances and waltzes. At this point, festivities were still clearly delineated according to social class—there were “Grandes Sociedades” for aristocrats, “Ranchos Carnavalescos” for the working-class, and “Cordões” for the…

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2 responses to “CARNAVAL!

  1. Priscila Giusti

    February 24, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Interessante ver o carnaval sob a perspectiva de um estrangeiro

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 25, 2017 at 12:16 am

      Pois não é? E logo a perspectiva do carnaval em Brasília… de rua (??) mas El escreve bem. E o primeiro posto deles fora dos Estados Unidos, e ela é recém-mae…

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