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Rio de Janeiro Carnival: Just Go and Enjoy It

Thursday, 03 December 2009

Rio de Janeiro CarnivalThe Brazilian carnival, and in particular the carnival that takes place in Rio de Janeiro, the most famous city of the country, is the event that should be seen not discussed at all. Hundreds of books are written and published about this magnificent event, though until you see it once, you cannot evaluate the scope and solemnity of the parade. Though, you are free to find some information about this event before the carnival takes place and prepare for it.

The similarity of both events is easy to observe. In both cases the people celebrate the eve of the most rigorous fasts of Christians, Great Lent, followed by the principal holiday for Catholics and Easter for Orthodox people. And the nature of such celebration is easily explained. People wish to enjoy emotionally and physically just before they go into the total abstinence for mind and body. And here the mentality of nation matters. For the severe Russian people some strained emotions, concentration on inner world are more typical where the top of the allowed public entertainment is fairs with merry contests, national fun event when the groups of people fight with another group of people and the event called «who can drink alcohol and enjoy it to regret on the following day». And unlike it, the natives of the tropical and hot Brazil that present the mix of European immigrants, the aborigines and offspring of dark-skin slaves, prefer dances most of all to express their emotions and feelings prior to fasts. The more rousing and seducing the dances, the better.

Dances, and in particular the Brazilian samba, is the part the carnival in Rio de Janeiro is based on that takes place every year since 1928. From early XX century the samba was accepted as the major and the only constituent part of the carnival, and since 1900 the special moving platforms were used for the participants where the skilled dancers demonstrated their art of dancing. The same platforms are used currently though they are far more sophisticated for ease and comfortable performance. Each and every platform presents the separate school of samba. The school of samba is the association of people built mainly on the regional factor, where natives of one or several neighboring communities join together. And within several months prior to the main carnival each school is engaged in detailed and thorough preparation to the carnival.

Every school should prepare something unique and original, their performance should demonstrate some fairy motives, with natural patterns presenting animals or birds, or demonstrate some particular kind of sport, and so forth. Moreover, the costumes of dancers should match the theme they choose to demonstrate on platforms. Yet, the public does not endure when one participates in the carnival in the costume that was worn some time back in the same carnival events. This is like the crime to accuse.  

Details are important and this is proved to be essential on these carnivals. It takes long-lasting lessons to sophisticate the whole performance, all movements, every turn of the head or gesture. There is the special commission that judges every detail and element of the show made by this or that school of samba. And everything matters here, brilliant smile of the main woman dancer, the well-sounded drum beat and the luxury decoration of allegoric figures on the platform.

Though, the samba ceremony itself takes place not in the street of Rio de Janeiro but on the specially built structure with 800 meter avenue and sidebar tribunes for 70 thousand spectators, the impetuous joy covers the city and the road traffic is actually sustained for 4 days, from Saturday to Wednesday. Thus, it is no wonder why the mayor of Rio de Janeiro hands over the symbolic keys to the city at the opening of every carnival event to the so called King Momo annually elected. Every resident of the city may be elected Momo King with the weight of less than 140 kg.   

Rio de Janeiro Carnival is undoubtedly the most popular carnival in the world. And every year approximately half a million of tourists arrive to observe this event, including celebrities and stars of show-biz and sport.

However, there are times when there are problems with carnival, the same as with other entertainment functions. The most vital problem the carnival faces is the excess sexual activity of its participants. The atmosphere of rigorous joy, lack of restrain followed by lots of alcohol stimulates the increased sexual activity. Unfortunately, it brought to the high figure of AIDs sickness rate for the recent years, and the figures were so much serious that some experts announced on somewhat HIV- epidemic in relation to the carnival. The only measure the government of Brazil uses to struggle this epidemic is free distribution of condoms. Moreover, within the carnival activity the crime is more often committed when gangsters from favels rob the numerous tourists.

We do hope that the government of Rio de Janeiro will cope with these problems and the guests and tourists who are willing to arrive there for the carnival, will not decide for staying and watching the event on TV instead of seeing it live.

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