Rio Carnival

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For most people, the name Rio de Janeiro says it all. Known as the Marvelous City, it grew up on the west side of Guabanara Bay after the first Portuguese explorers realised that they had landed in a very special place.

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With its cultural blend of Indian, White and Black, this cosmopolitan city was Brazil’s capital for nearly 200 years, from 1763 to 1960, before that honour passed to Brasília, and Rio is considered one of the main cultural centres of the country. Besides the fantastic beach life and nightlife, there are cinemas, theatres, museums, concerts, churches, markets, art galleries and libraries, plus a great range of restaurants and different style of food. The architecture reflects the various phases of the city’s development, from baroque, to art deco to modernist.

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Naturally, mention must be made of the Rio Carnival, which is a world-renowned four-day celebration that takes place forty days before Easter, which means it usually takes place in February, the hottest month in Rio where clothes can be, and are, largely discarded. Its official start day is Saturday, and it ends of Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday when all pleasures of the flesh are supposed to be given up. Anyone who parties correctly at the Carnival shouldn’t really have the energy for anything beyond Fat Tuesday.

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Date posted: 9th August, 2018

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