10 interesting facts about the Rio de Janeiro carnival

February 13, 2013 in Amazing, South America

 

It’s time for the yearly carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Here’s 10 interesting facts you didn’t know about the festivities.

  1. Along with all the other carnivals of Brazil, the Rio de Janeiro carnival marks the beginning of Lent, the forty-day sacrifice period before Easter.
  2. In 2011, 4.9 million people took part in the festivities in Rio. 400,000 of those were foreigners.
  3. The first festival dates back as far as 1723.
  4. There are more than 2 million people on the streets every day during the carnival
  5. More than 200 different samba schools from Rio participate
  6. The main carnival parades takes place in the Sambadrome
  7. The samba dance, originating from the Bahia region with African rhythms, came to Rio de Janeiro around 1920
  8. The carnival is a national holiday in Brazil
  9. Many Rio habitants not wanting to participate in the festival, actually leave the city for quieter places during the festival
  10. The Rio de Janeiro carnival is often cited as the “world’s largest party”.

Rio de Janeiro carnival festival

Source: Wikipedia.