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“To celebrate a festival means: to live out, for some special occasion and in an uncommon manner, the universal assent to the world as a whole.” – Josef Pieper
Did you know, the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro (Portuguese: Carnaval do Rio de Janeiro) is a festival held every year before Lent. In fact, it is the biggest carnival in the world with two million people per day on the streets.
The First Carnival Festival
Additionally, the first Carnival Festival in Rio occurred in 1723.
- Its origins can be traced back to the 18th century and was introduced by Portuguese immigrants to Brazil . In fact, these festivals were called the Entrudo; and it was celebrated by lively crowds who threw lime-scented water at each another. Honestly, it was mainly enjoyed by working people, whose costumes would mock the clothes and mannerisms of the rich.
- For, Carnival begins on the Friday when the mayor of Rio hands over the keys to the city to King Momo, a mythical figure who is said to lead the festivities. Moreover, the tradition goes back to 1933. Even, the current incumbent, who received the keys on Friday, is like his predecessors, a jolly, fat man with a crown.
Well, I have never been to the Rio De Janeiro Festival. But I can picture the brightly colored costumes, the multitude of floats that are so alive with color and textures; and the crowds of people enjoying the festivities. Indeed, it reminds of my own heritage – Mardi Gras in Louisiana.
This painting is my tribute to the liveliness, boldness, and of course the tremendous explosion of color that is part of these festivals.
“Festivals promote diversity, they bring neighbors into dialogue, they increase creativity, they offer opportunities for civic pride, they improve our general psychological well-being. In short, they make cities better places to live.” – David Binder
Dare to Feel,
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