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Carnival is Coming

December 16, 2009

Photo Source: The Prefeitura of Olinda

Carnival is held each year four days before Ash Wednesday and marks the start of Lent. In 2010 Carnival is 13th-17th February.

During Lent, Catholics are supposed to abstain from all bodily pleasures, so Carnival can be seen as a farewell to the pleasures of the flesh. It is celebrated as a profane event and believed to have its origins in the pagan Saturnalia, the most of Roman festivals celebrated with foolish behaviour and the reversal of social roles.

Being Recife Guide our coverage focuses on the carnivals in Northeast Brazil, quite a different style to that in Rio and Salvador, that each have a unique expression. Carnival in the northeast is free, is focused on involvement rather than being a spectator event, and features many styles of music.  

On Recife Guide our coverage is just beginning. You can read:

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