In this assignment, I’m going to talk about a tradition that continues to be observed, carnival in Rio De Janeiro. I will talk about two things. One is this Carnival roots and the other is the event’s statement. Now, let’s explain about this event.
First, I’m going to talk about this carnival roots. The Rio de Janeiro Carnival is held every year and about 2 million people visit this event per a day. What is the origin of this event? The roots are the ancient Greek festival. This is held in spring to respect Dionysus who is “the god of wine” and to celebrate the arrival of spring. (USA Today.net) Then, the Romans imitated this festival to adore two gods, Bacchanalia and Saturnalia. For a long time, the carnival in Venice was the biggest carnival all over the world. After that, the carnival spread all Catholic countries of Europe. The first carnival in Rio De Janeiro goes back to 1723. It came in Brazil accompanying the Portuguese immigrants. And, the beginning of music during carnival is the middle 19th century. Jose Nogueira, who was a shoemaker, paraded through the street playing musical instrument. This was introduced to the carnival and people became to wear the special clothes. In 1907, the festival car decorating some ornament was used in Corso. The most famous carnival was the Ranchos Carnavalescos in 1911 and this is the origin of the carnival in Rio De Janeiro. After that, the samba which is the main music of Rio’s carnival was born and carnival in Rio De Janeiro completed.
Second, I’m going to talk about the event’s statement. Looking at the picture of the carnival, we can see a lot of beautiful costumes. Costumes are designed by the samba school’s proposal. There are three type costumes, ground wing costumes, float carnival costumes and costumes for everyone. They are decorated with a lot of spangles, wings, stones, jewels so on. The costumes are very beautiful and bright, so they are worth seeing and taking photographs. Also, the highlight of Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival is the Samba Schools’ Parade. It has begun “as a street party with groups of bands.” (RIO-CARNIVAL.net) First, the main parade was held downtown. And gradually, “the main parades have been transferred to the Sambodromo” (RIO-CARNIVAL.net) The preparation of the samba parade takes a lot of time. The samba parade isn’t the simple street event, it is the special show prepared carefully. Every people who taking part in this samba parade have their own role, so it indicates the samba school’s theme of this event. Every year, this theme changes into historical events, famous characters, specific places and person so on. So, sophisticated song, music and dance are very important to express the theme.
There are a lot of traditional events all over the world. Each event has own theme, so we need to know its real theme when we take part in the events. So, people taking part with the event should think the main theme. And now, people should carry on the traditional events to their offspring forever.