The carnival in Rio de Janeiro
Carnival in Rio is one of the most anticipated festivals in the world. This is a crazy cocktail of colours, costumes, music, dancers. In fact, the Carnival in Rio — the parade of the Samba schools, which is organized by the Ministry of tourism of the city, the League of Samba Schools and TV stations that broadcast the show. Each school chooses a theme and prepares its moving platform, the costumes, the sets, the dancing, makes the presentation. At the end of the Carnival selects one school-the winner of which is awarded a cash prize. To study in this school is considered very prestigious.
Holi — festival of colors in India
Holi, the festival of spring and the blossoming of nature in India, is celebrated in February or March. These days Indians are stirring up trouble between men and women jump over the fire and swing on the swings statues of the gods.
But certainly the most talked about event of the festival is the sprinkling each other with colored inks and dousing with water. All these colored powders are made from herbs, which in this period to help fight the spread of different spring virus.
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Samba — Afro-Brazilian musical rhythm and dance, performed to the rhythm. African rhythms were brought to Brazil with the slaves during the colonial period. Slaves were transported to the North-East of the country – mainly in the state of Bahia, which was the first capital of Brazil – Salvador, Bahia. Birth of Afro-Brazilian culture: music, dance, capoeira, religious tradition (the religious principle was present and is still present in many dance music genres).
Before the abolition of slavery in Brazil in 1888, any manifestations of national consciousness of Africans were suppressed, and some were outside the law.
Traditional Samba — samba de roda (Samba circle), it is called samba do Reconcavo baiano is the progenitor of all other types of Samba. It is included in the list of intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO. This dance originated in the state of Bahia, where it is still played by people of all ages. All stand in a circle – men perform music, and women in traditional full-skirted dresses and turbans singing and clapping. In the center of the dancing couple – man and woman or two women.
These «Bahia aunt», moving to larger cities, including Rio de Janeiro, kept the Afro-Brazilian culture, which even in the mid 20th century to be taken very seriously. They usually occupied responsible positions Continue reading
Dancing in the streets during the largest street party in the world: the carnival of Salvador
The carnival in Salvador de Bahia is recognized in the Guinness Book of world records to be the largest street party in the world. This is truly a massive week of parties, which was attended by hundreds of thousands of foreign visitors, and literally millions of Brazilians. The secret to survival and having a good time to learn some of the background prior to your arrival, and then to travel light and go with the flow. Do some research ahead of time so that you will understand what happens when a party breaks out!
Salvador Carnival centres, local schools, or blocos, which organize massive orchestras complete with dancers and costumes. If you know a little about the key players, it will help you a prompt to action. Besides having a good time in every school it is fighting for the right to be fresh. Teams practice throughout the year to compete for one night during the carnival in Salvador de Bahia, when they will go out to the streets in droves. The finalists go to the championship on the last night, with the winner to earn a year of fame and glory.
The carnival of Salvador has evolved over the last century to highlight Afro descendants in contrast to Rio glamorous Continue reading