Ok , surely not all of you know I am Brazilian but having that said , I would like to blog about something of my own culture .....brazilian carnival , its a huuuuuge party that shuts the country down for at least 6 days .
Here a video so you guys can get to know some more about it ( the video has an advertising flavour but yet a good one)
"The Brazilian Carnival (Portuguese: Carnaval) is an annual festival in Brazil held 40 days before Easter and marks the beginning of Lent. During Lent, Roman Catholics are supposed to abstain from all bodily pleasures, including the consumption of meat. The carnival, celebrated as a profane event and believed to have its origins in the pagan Saturnalia, can thus be considered an act of farewell to the pleasures of the flesh.Brazilian Carnival as a whole exhibits some differences with its counterparts in Europe and other parts of the world, and within Brazil it has distinct regional manifestations.Brazilian citizens used to riot until the Carnival was accepted by the government as an expression of culture. That was because the Brazilian carnival had its origin in a Portuguese festivity called "entrudo"."Source: wikipedia
There are lots of videos of 2008 Brazilian Carnival in You Tube , however ...bad quality ones ,if you wanna see good images , access the links below , its from our main local TV channel - Rede Globo ...be prepared to see some reporters speaking portuguese but good quality video worths it .
These videos are the best shots of first and second day of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro , I may post more videos , 2008 school of samba champions , but only if I find good stuff , specially Sao Paulo( my home town) 2008 winner Vai - Vai ...
And sure , I am gonna blog way more brazilian culture stuff along the year .
Hope you enjoy this entry !