Popular Events In Brazil2010
By Amelia Meyer
Brazil is one of the South American countries that is well known for its festive celebrations and annual events. In fact, no matter what time of year tourists visit the country, they are sure to notice the friendly ambience and merry characteristics of the locals. Some of the events for which Brazil is best known are:
Carnival is celebrated throughout Brazil, and each city observes it in its own unique way. This celebration takes place 46 days before Easter and, although celebrated mostly by Roman Catholics (as well as some other Christian denominations), it is believed to have pagan roots, as do many of the modern Christian celebrations (e.g. Christmas). This celebration technically and traditionally signifies the giving up of meat for Lent. Today, Carnival is characterised by brightly-coloured costumes, opulent decorations and jolly music. Dance and music parades fill the streets as the audience looks on and joins in the festivities. These celebrations carry on, day and night, for days on end (sometimes exceeding a week). Coastal cities tend to have more theatrical celebrations than those further inland.