Carnival Carnaval

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The celebration of the Carnival first began in Italy before the first day of the Lent season and was later brought to Brazil by Catholic Portuguese settlers in the 18th century. The origin of Carnivals may not be Brazilian, yet even today Brazil most embodies the Carnival celebrations and spirit. There are many small festivals held throughout the year, but few claim to compare to the annual “Carnaval” in Rio de Janeiro. The celebration is only a small part of the year, but its influence on the community remains for the whole year. Carnaval is considered a time when socio-economic status disappears and communities come together. However, Carnaval also strongly impacts Brazil by providing space for individuality and celebrating individual characteristics. Indeed, Carnaval has become an opportunity for small revolts and protests by the people usually against the government. Brazilians who aren’t satisfied with social standards or laws will speak up and use Carnaval as their platform for protest. The celebration creates an atmosphere of trust and community in which people feel comfortable voicing their opinions. It has been used for feminist movements, gay right movements, as well as others. Not only is it beneficial to marginalized groups who find the opportunity to voice their frustration, Carnaval is used as an opportunity to forget and move past the brutality of life. Whether it’s death or unemployment, Carnaval activities focus on the positive aspects of life and don’t tend to dwell on the past. Brazil has become one of the happiest emerging nations because of the Carnaval. Although Carnaval appears to consist of mainly outrageous parties, it represents much more than that. Carnaval provides a public forum to ce... ... middle of paper ... ...the world upside down, creating happiness, abundance, freedom, and above all equality of everyone within society.” This elaborate and extensive celebration brings all classes together for a period of time when issues and rights are embraced to improve on. Women use this time as a gateway towards equality while homosexuals use the opportunity to gain more acceptance. Even those mourning over loss or poverty can come together and celebrate their misfortunes in a way that makes them feel acknowledged and appreciated. Lent is a period of time when people choose to give something up, the Carnaval starts off this period but making people appreciate what they have and by bringing them together. Brazilians who participate have fond memories of the sense of togetherness the Carnaval brought them. Brazil is known for Carnaval and the spirit associated with the event.
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