Love Life, Love Carnival
Portuguese colonists took Lent to the shores of Brazil, where they had also taken an estimated 4 million African slaves.Over time European rituals fused
with African ones, to create Brazil’s world-famous carnival.
The flamboyant street parties are a celebration of Brazil’s mixed heritage. And it’s big
business. In 2016 the city of Rio alone welcomed 1.1 million tourists
during carnival, contributing around $900 million to the city’s economy.
On the Caribbean island of Trinidad, the festival of Lent was introduced by French colonists. Slaves, excluded from these celebrations, created their own parties to the soundtrack of Calypso music, which mocked the French. This is now an integral part of Trinidad’s carnival. In India carnival is only celebrated in the southern state of Goa, where Portuguese colonists ruled for over four centuries. Parades occur throughout the state with bands, dances, and floats.
In Barbados, the Festival is known as Cropover and is a celebration connected to the end of the Islands agricultural harvest
Carnival is known as Mardi Gras in the American city of New Orleans and contributes over 2% to the city’s GDP
In the Bahamas, their street festival is called the Junkanoo and in the Cayman Islands the Carnival is called Batabano
Carnival is not just a
party in the sun. Quebec holds the third biggest carnival celebration
in the world which brings us to the original Carnival.
Due to its successful
proliferation in so many countries, with so many different languages it
has many different ways of being spelled such :
as Carnelevare, Carnevale, Carnavale, Carnaval, Carnivale, Carnival, Karnival, Kanaval and Kanival.