10 Fascinating Facts about Brazilian Carnival



We are an American family of seven
living, working and loving Brazil. Welcome to the adventures of Our Brazilian Life.
We're in Pelourinho today in the middle of a week-long carnival
celebration. We're going everywhere around this town. Parties everywhere
through the streets. It's so cool, it's so awesome. Music, culture, color, drums, food, drinks. It's so amazing. Every year brazil's carnival brings millions of people to this incredible festival full of parades,
culture, excitement, public street parties and celebrations. Carnival is the biggest
week-long party in the world. Here are 10 fascinating facts you probably
didn't know. 1. Rio de Janeiro's Carnival is registered in the Guinness
Book of World Records as the biggest carnival in the world. 2. In
Brazilian Portuguese it's written as "carnaval" but for the majority of the
rest of the world it's written as "carnival" and both are correct. 3. In salvador alone, estimations state that approximately 2.5 million people
participate in the festivities every year. 1.5 million being tourists. This
festival has a large positive impact on Salvador's local economy. 4.
Salvador is the biggest African city outside of Africa with 83% of the people
claiming black ancestry. The difference between carnaval in Salvador and Rio de
Janeiro is that Salvador is an incredibly vibrant public street party
with huge blocos and cultural events. While Rio's main event is the parade in
the Sambadrome where spectators watch elaborate floats go by. 5. In Rio's Sambadrom, the samba
schools are judged on their elaborate floats, costumes, dancing and music. This is a very important competition and some schools spend over $4 million on outfits and preparations. 6. The carnival in Brazil is always held 40
days before Easter, ending at noon on Ash Wednesday. 7. There are more
than 2 million people on the streets every day during carnival. 8.
Brazilian Samba derived from a mixture of African and European influences.
Brazilian Samba is one of the most popular dances in South America. The
dance has evolved over time to become a cultural identity for Brazilians. I
recommend you try it. Don't worry if you can't Samba, just move your feet, have fun
and smile. Brazilians want you to enjoy their
cultures so don't be shy. 9. Carnival is celebrated all
over Brazil in their own unique ways but the biggest celebrations are held in Rio,
Sao Paulo, Salvador, Recife, Olinda and Manaus. 10. The word Carnaval
is represented as the last period of feasting and celebration before the
strict spiritual period of Lent. So all that dancing, parading and fun is
really just a way to say goodbye to steak dinners for a while. Carnaval is a chance to let people set
aside their daily lives, adorn themselves with costumes, masks and allow themselves to experience an amplified sense of social unity, art, music and excitement. We are an American family living in Salvador, Brazil and I know from
experience that Brazilians want to share their culture and beauty with you.
So put Brazil's Carnaval on your bucket list and make it a priority to come and
experience the world's biggest party. What do you guys think about Carnaval? Do you like it? What do you like about it? Music! The food. For sure. Cotton candy. I like the dancers andI love the drummer's. Today we're in Pelourinho, the historical district in Salvador. This is my favorite place to go for Carnaval and to take visiting
friends or family during other times of the year. It tops the charts for one of
the best Afro Brazilian cultural experiences and Portugal history. It's
the most unique, vibrant, colorful celebration and is great for families
and kids. I highly recommend it. Keep following our Brazilian adventures
on instagram at Our Brazilian Life and please subscribe to our channel. Carnaval in Pelourinho is amazing. It's very very family friendly. It's very cultural. It's more afro-brazilian culture I think with a
lot of drums, a lot of drumming groups. Carnival in Pelourinho it's so exciting.
The food is great. We had ice cream, we had cotton candy, we had other types of food: tapioca, acarajé. Yeah, acarajé. All of its so amazing down here. I love to come down here during Carnaval and I
highly recommend it. Alright, See you next time. Thanks for watching our videos. Tchau.

26 Replies to “10 Fascinating Facts about Brazilian Carnival”

  1. Que pena qeu agora não dá mais pra comentar. Deve ser por conta de gente mal educada que acha qu pode escrever qualquer coisa qe acha que tá tudo bem. Triste isso.

  2. Why did you disable comments in the latest video? The video is so cool! About improving English at big jump!!

  3. I am brazilian and I have a question to Shani: how many times people would come close to you and just started to speak in portuguese with you.( I am sure, many, many times) You look brazilian; you have the same good vibe brazilians have and you seems to be a such nice person. Are you sure you are not brazilian? Maybe there is an hidden brazilian DNA somewhere out there girl. You people are more than welcome in Brazil. God bless all your family and I wish brazilians will ALWAYS treat you guys very well. P.S: I live in this country for almost 50 years ( Anápolis – Goiás ) and I din' t know Salvador was the biggest black city outside Africa. This is amazing.

  4. Que lindo…ela fez uma declaração de amor pelo carnaval ..principalmente pelo carnaval popular..o de rua..

  5. Nice video. How wonderful it would be if every Carnaval party had the energy and good vibes of Pelourinho and Olinda's Carnaval

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