What are the most beautiful carnivals in the world?
Undoubtedly, the best known, most colorful and most spectacular carnival in the world is that of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. This is a must if you are a traveller attracted to parties around the world.
In second place, the Venice Carnival is also a must- and perhaps the most beautiful in the world, in a different genre since all participants are elegantly disguised. The organization can become more sophisticated in the many palaces of Venice on the occasion of the balls.
The Nice Carnival with the Flower Festival is also a famous carnival. In France, the carnivals of Granville or Dunkirk are also worth a visit in another more Nordic atmosphere.
In northern Europe, the Binche carnivals in Belgium and the Cologne carnival in Germany are among the most important festivals in Northern Europe.
The carnival in New Orleans in the USA has for many years been among the most beautiful carnivals in the world. With Hurricane Katrina damaging the city, the carnival festivities are no longer so grand.
What do we do for the carnival?
The carnival show usually takes place in the streets: parades parade such as the famous parade of samba schools in Rio or gondolas in Venice. It is also an opportunity to participate in balls and all kinds of parties. Locals and tourists are urged to dress up in often multicolored, sequined and feathered costumes.
It is also an opportunity to taste pancakes or waffles, traditionally to empty the egg reserves before starting Lent.
Why are we celebrating carnival?
Carnival is a Christian religious festival that has existed since the Middle Ages. It begins on Epiphany Day, January 6 and ends on Mardi Gras. It is a festive period before starting the Lenten period which lasts 40 days before Easter and during which one must show frugality by not eating chocolate for example…
When is the carnival and when is Mardi Gras celebrated?
In 2020, Mardi Gras is February 25. 2021: Mardi Gras is February 16 and 2022: Mardi Gras is March 1.
The day of Mardi Gras is different every year because it is set on Easter. Easter, always on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25,falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon.
To finish with beautiful words by Claude François on Carnival
When you smile – I fly to paradise – I go to Rio de Janeiro – I take your hand – And our hearts make more noise – than all cymbals – Carnival.