The Origins of Carnival!
The origins of Carnival are ancient. Agrarian celebrations that happened in Ancient Egypt, in 4000 BC, can be considered the beginning of our most popular party. Other cultures of ancient times, such as the Greeks and Babylonians also had celebrations that although different, had some elements in common – music and dance, ethylic parties, orgies and subversion of the social order. In other words, revelers were already long before the crowning of Momo or the entrance of the opens wings car.
Later, Catholics had a religious connotation to the festivities, determining its celebration on the eve of Ash Wednesday . The origin of the name “Carnival”: derived from “Carne Vale”, means “Farewell to the flesh” as during Lent the faithful should abstain from worldly pleasures. While some countries have adopted this Carnival more “sacred” in other remained the feast of gluttony, wine and sex.
But the brazilian carnival was born of “Entrudo”, brought by the Portuguese to brazilian lands in the seventeenth century. This curious party consisted in launching liquid in the other participants and, of course, generated fights and confusion, being banned in 1841. But the people at that time had carnival desire and adapted the celebrations not to miss the party. Throughout the nineteenth century, the Brazilian carnival was transformed, earning current contours: the clubs, ranches, street parties and carnival beads.
Since then, the Rio carnival is getting bigger and bigger every year: the Samba School’s competition warms the Sambadrome, street blocks drag crowds, and an increasing number of people visit the city to party as well. Come enjoy with us this “secular party,” wearing – and living – all your fantasies! We will do everything to ensure that you have unforgettable memories.