Get set your mood for the festive season with the start of this New Year, and go crazy with the world’s five crazy and fun-filled carnivals. • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Prevalently the carnival is known as Rio carnival. It is the world’s biggest and famed carnival, celebrated every year before the Lent. Approx. 2 million people participate in this renowned carnival each day to enjoy the festival in enthusiasm. The carnival is celebrated with typical Rio parade, filled with revelers, floats and adornments from several samba schools. Music, dance, sophisticated and elegant costumes are the attractions of this carnival. The most popular dance of the carnival is the Samba dance i.e. Brazilian dance with African influences; and the Samba Carnival Instruments is the most popular music.
Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife – The carnival is popularly known as Tenerife Carnival. Every year, it is held in the month of February, and is considered to be the second largest and world renowned carnival, after the Rio de Janeiro carnival of Brazil. The carnival attracts people from all over the world because of its elaborated, fancy dresses, street parade and dance party. The carnival celebration starts with an opening parade in which thousands of people dance in decorative dresses. The festivity continues night after night until Ash Wednesday, and on the stated day, people of the island celebrates "entierro de la sardina" which means burial of the sardine. With the end of this event Tenerife Carnival officially ends.
Venice Carnival, Italy – Carnival of Venice or the Venetian Carnival is the annual festival of Italy, celebrated 40 days before Easter and ends with Christian celebration of Lent. The carnival is popular for its elaborated and unique masks, and is celebrated with music, dance and street parade to exhibit the culture of Venice.
Mardi Gras, New Orleans, USA – This world popular carnival of USA is also known as Flat Tuesday. The carnival celebration starts on or after Epiphany and ends on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is the French term, which reveals the practice of eating richer and fatty food on the last night before the start of the ritual fasting of Lenten season. The carnival is celebrated by putting on attractive masks and costumes and following some practices that include parades, dance, sports competitions, overturning social conventions, debauchery, etc.
Binche Carnival, Belgium – Carnival of Binche takes place every year before Ash Wednesday. It is one of the popular festivals of Belgium and is known as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The carnival is celebrated with street performances, musical acts, dancing, and marching. Clown-like performers in their vibrant dress, wax masks and wooden footwear are the center of attraction of the carnival celebration.
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