Venue: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: 6- 10 February, 2016
The Carnival hosted in Rio de Janeiro, also known as the Rio Carnival, is the biggest carnival event taking place across the globe. The very first Rio Carnival dates back to the year 1723. This world- renowned festival is held every year before Lent and more than 2 million people participate in this celebration each day on the streets of Rio de Janeiro.
The next edition of Rio Carnival is set to commence on 6 February and will come to an end on 10 February after 5 consecutive days of dance, music and festivities. In a typical Rio Carnival parade, there are revelers, adornments as well as floats coming from different samba schools. Usually there are around 200 samba schools which participate in the festivities of the Rio Carnival and these are divided into 5 leagues/ divisions.
Local neighbors in Rio de Janeiro with some common regional or geographical background and who want to become a part of the carnival usually come together to form collaborations with the samba schools. The Rio Carnival is also considered to be one of the most artistic events taking place across the globe.
During these 5 days of celebrations and festivities, carnivals are arranged across every nook and corner of Brazil, however, the city of Rio de Janeiro is where the biggest carnival even is hosted. This is the reason why it is also termed as the “Carnival Capital of the World.”
The popularity of the Rio Carnival has grown to a point where more than 5 million people visit Brazil every year to become a part of these celebrations. This Brazilian event not only focuses on providing entertainment; rather it also provides people from all over the world with a chance to know the Brazilian culture up close.
Brazilian people put in months of preparations in practicing the dance, picking themes, writing lyrics and composing music as well as arranging for the costumes in order to put up an exceptional show before the world.