Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

Essay by kathyvargasCollege, UndergraduateA, November 2004

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Carnival is celebrated everywhere in Brazil, but in Rio de Janeiro, the celebration becomes a fantastic spectacle during the summer months (February, and March) in the country. It is wild, wacky, frivolous, and most say, quite enjoyable.

Passionate, exuberant Rio comes alive when Carnival begins. As the temperature heats up, so do days of seemingly endless parades, balls and parties in Cidade Maravilhosa, or the "Marvelous City", as Rio is sometimes called. It has to do with people, with the color, with the music, with the spirit of the Brazilian people. The whole country stops for four days. It is amazingly cheerful, and full of joy, like a perfect world wide party.

Carnival is a party where everybody lets it all hang loose. It is time to forget inhibitions, wear a wild costume, play a character, and live our fantasies. Carnival has a different effect on each person, but it was created just with one objective for everyone and that is to have a lot of fun, to forget our routine life, worries, responsibilities and to adventure at least once in our lives, because this experience no one will ever forget.

However, I have had the chance of being there with my friends from Ecuador, and it is just unbelievable and difficult to describe. All those bright colors, people singing, dancing samba as wild animals in a free place, make one thinks we are just at home. Nevertheless, this country is so warm, so full of friendship and emotion that it seems as if it is a jungle alive, and listening to the loud sounds of different animals. We feel the silence of the wind blowing in the body sharing joy as a group of kids with no worries in a playground. In the beginning one could feel pretty...