Does the year only start after Carnival?

Does the year only start after Carnival?

There is no doubt that Carnival is one of the most anticipated times for most Brazilians. In the main centers and regions where this cultural expression is manifested, the revelry begins even before Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Carnival revelers

The city of Olinda, in Pernambuco, for example, known for its slopes and giant dolls, has been hosting frevo orchestras since September in the city’s well-known previews.

In Salvador, the off-season Carnival drags trios and crowds along the edge of Farol da Barra and the famous “popcorn” is formed even before the months of February and March.

In the southeast, the preparations for the parades of the samba schools last all year long and the small blocks, which are increasingly gaining strength, are heating up to invade the streets of the states of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

In the calendar, Carnival is not given as a national holiday, only in places where there is a specific law for the date. However, much of the country regards the five days of revelry as a real holiday and dare to say that the year does not really begin until after Ash Wednesday.

In this way, the grandeur of the Brazilian Carnival delights everyone: young people, the elderly, children, locals and even foreigners, even moving important areas for the country such as tourism, the economy and, of course, culture.

According to the Brazilian Association of the Hotel Industry (ABIH) of Pernambuco, the city of Olinda registered about 98% occupancy in hotels and received an average of 3.6 million revelers during the 2020 carnival. fruit of a culture full of wealth and that carries frevo as a main attraction.

But, for those who think that acrobatics and colorful umbrellas are the limit, Olinda’s hillsides surprise with the presentations of maracatu, the rattles of the papangus and the new sensation of the moment: bregafunk and its passinho.

In Brazil, Carnival is nothing more than history and politics, while it is fun and party. He has the ability to make new artistic expressions gain space and famous traditions to be perpetuated between generations, like the lyrical and blocky groups like the Galo da Madrugada.

For all this power 100% the face of Brazil, there is no other date more symbolic for our country than Carnival. The joy, the fantasies, the search for the “carnival hit”, the blocks, the people, the colors, freedom, tradition and innovation invade the Brazilian regions and prepare the whole nation to start, in fact, the year.

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