Imagine a situation where you have only few days before your world takes a 360-degree turn. You would wish to create a bucket list and party till you kick all of your inhibitions out of the window.
Now, imagine a Before Christ (BC) version of the above mentioned situation. In a form of penance and self-reproach, people used to give up any form of temptation for 40 days which meant disposing off anything that was luxurious. And so, they chose to spend the weeks before in a grand manner. Partying with delicious food, folk songs, dancing and running until dawn.
It’s 2014 and history, now, has been polished into a magnificent fiesta full of samba, circus, music and food. Let’s check out the countries who have taken it upon themselves to redefine one of the biggest celebration on earth, Carnival:
New Orleans: Believed to be the birthplace of Jazz, The Big Easy’s infamous Mardi Gras is celebrated at St Charles Avenue in a grandiose manner. It’s where street mask parties and extravagant parade filled with floats of beads and doubloons (big coins) are thrown at the audience by the Krewes (parade organiser). It’s a great place to be with your family.
If you’re holidaying with your buddies or other halves, the alleys of Bourbon Street (French Quarters) is the place to be. With some great music and street dancing, this is where the bold and the crazy party happens.
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Trinidad and Tobago: Covered with oil, mud, paint and chocolate depicting demons and folklore characters, this tiny island has an exuberant way of commemorating a carnival. With Limbo dancing, stick fighting and Bomb competition (singing) for the coveted Calypso Monarch title, everyone just melts into the festival mood. Ranked among the top 10 carnivals in the world, you simply cannot miss this one out.
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Rio de Janeiro: Now, no city knows how to party quite like Rio. Carnival here defines Rio de Janeiro's culture of a carefree life in an elaborate way. The speciality of this carnival is its half mile street parade at the Sambadrome stadium. Rio consists of carnival schools which prepare and compete with each other for the coveted title of Samba Parade Champions, year after year. So, if you want something colourful for your sore eyes, attend this carnival. It is creativity at its peak.
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Quebec Winter Carnival (Canada): The Quebec carnival is known to be one of the biggest celebrations in the world for its two and half week long hullabaloo. Snow parade, ice sculptures and the symbolic snowman Bonhomme (kids favourite) is what draws billions in. Add to that the regular street parade,sports, partying and feasting amongst other cultural activities and the people from the great white north know how to enjoy under the magical season of winter.
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Carnival takes place in the month of February. So, this 2014, celebrate life and end your limbo with a little samba, lots of eating, singing and freestyle dancing Carnevale Style.