Brazil Traditions & Methods

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Brazil is one of the most populated countries in the world. Its most famous holiday is Carnival. Carnival began in Brazil by the Portuguese colonists; they brought the tradition too. Traditionally, the festivals consisted mainly of street battles with raw eggs or eggshells filled with flour, or balloons full of water. Gradually, the celebrations evolved into the unique practices of masquerades, parades, dances and drums. In the various states of Brazil there are many ways and styles of celebrating Carnival. The most famous is Rio de Janeiro style. Rio de Janeiro is considered the worlds most famous and is the biggest carnival in the world. Other styles in Brazil include, São Paulo style, Bahia style, Pernambuco style, and Minas Gerais style. Sao Paulo style is very similar to Rio de Janeiro style, while Bahia style has a little bit of difference in music. They offer various forms of samba including, samba-reggae and axe. Pernambuco style is only celebrated in the mornings and they don’t have a competition amongst each other. Minas Gerais is traditionally celebrated in the streets and not in a stadium. Each year, Carnival has samba schools come and perform unique dances at the parade. There are five main different schools that perform such as Mangueira, Beija-Flor, Portela, Grande Rio, and Imperatriz Leopoldinense. In Rio de Janeiro, there are five main parades, such as the samba schools in the special group, champion’s parade, samba schools in the access group “A”, samba schools in the group "B", and children's samba schools. These are the most famous because of their uniqueness and their creativity. All these schools perform to be awarded what is one of the most prestigious titles of the country. The judges look for a percussion band, a samba song, harmony, flow and spirit, and the creativity of their costumes. The schools are very large ranging from three to

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