The Carnival of Brazil
By Senior 1 Class 3 Wang Jiaxi
The Carnival of Brazil is an annual Brazilian festival held between the Friday afternoon before Ash Wednesday and Ash Wednesday at noon, which marks the beginning of Lent, the forty-day period Easter. On certain days of Lent, Roman Catholics and some other Christians traditionally abstained from the consumption of meat and poultry, hence the term “carnival” means “to remove (literally, “raise”) meat.
Carnival is the most famous holiday in Brazil and has become an event of huge proportions. Except for industrial production, retail establishments such as mall, and carnival-related businesses, the country unifies completely for almost a week and festivities are intense, day and night, mainly in coastal cities. Rio de Janeiro’s carnival alone drew 4.9 million people in 2011, with 400,000 being foreigners. This cultural manifestation is generally an extension of Afro-Brazilian culture, though could also be historically traced to the Portuguese Age of Discoveries when their caravels passed regularly through Madeira, a territory which already celebrated emphatically its carnival season, and where they were loaded with goods but also people and their cultural expressions
Comment: The writer provides a brief introduction to the traditional carnival of Brazil to the readers, including its time of celebration and the provenance of its name. Also, the writer introduces the influence of Brazilian Carnival both domestic and abroad. As a reader, I can hardly wait to go to Rio de Janeiro to enjoy it. By Kong Xianyu