Carnival Rio de Janerio - a 5 day Celebration!

Of all the financial goals I hear wanting to Travel is always at the top of the list. To help with ideas on travel I have asked a friend of mine Daniel Rae of Vacanza Destinations Kelowna to provide some information on travel ideas.


Daniel has extensive travel experience and is out visiting travel destinations 3-4 times a year. As a travel wholesaler he knows personally the hotels and restaurants he recommends.

According to Daniel if you are looking for something more than Las Vegas, Mexico or Disney Land you might enjoy Rio de Janerio ...

Carnival Rio de Janerio - THE WORLDS GREATEST 5 DAY CELEBRATION FEB 11-16 2010

Carnival is celebrated in towns and villages throughout Brazil and other Catholic countries, Rio de Janeiro has long been regarded as the Carnival Capital of the World. The Rio Carnival is not only the biggest Carnival, it as also a benchmark against which every other carnival is compared and one of the most interesting artistic events on the Globe. Almost everyone has heard of the Rio Carnival. Foreign visitors to it alone number around 500,000 every year.
Rio Carnival is a wild 5 day celebration, 40 days before Easter. It officially starts on Saturday and finishes on Fat Tuesday “Marls gras” with the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday after which one is supposed to abstain from all bodily pleasures. Carnival with all its excesses, celebrated as a profane event, can be considered an act of farewell to the pleasures of the flesh.
It usually happens in February, the hottest month in the Southern Hemisphere, when the Rio summer is at its peak.
There are carnival celebrations in virtually every corner of Brazil, the best-known ones taking place in Recife together with the neighboring Olinda (in the North of Brazil) and Salvador. But the biggest and most famous carnival is undoubtedly the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
One of the greatest elements of the Rio Carnaval is that it not only provides entertainment for many people around the world but it also gives a chance to learn about the true culture of Brazil. Carnival is very important to the Brazilians, it sums up their culture.
It is a euphoric event where people dance, sing, party and have tons of fun. There are many parties that take place before, during and after Carnival all night and all day. It allows someone's true heart to come out and have as much fun as possible.
Rio Carnival is the result of months of preparation. People eagerly anticipate the start of each year's Rio Carnival. It begins with the crowning of the Fat King (King Momo), who is presented with a giant silver and gold key by the city's mayor. Then it is Carnival all over the place, in the streets and squares, bars, clubs and all other venues, taking over the whole city of Rio and culminating in the Rio Carnival Parade also known as the Samba Parade.
The roots of Carnival trace back to the ancient Romans and Greeks who celebrated the rites of spring. Across Europe, including France, Spain and Portugal, people annually gave thanks by throwing parties, wearing masks and dancing in the streets. Such traditions were carried over to the New World.
The Portuguese first brought the concept of "celebration or carnival" to Rio around 1850. The practice of holding balls and masquerade parties was imported by the city’s bourgeoisie from Paris. However, in Brazil, the traditions soon became different. Over time, they acquired unique elements deriving from African and American - Indian cultures.
Groups of people would parade through the streets playing music and dancing. It was usual that during Carnival aristocrats would dress up as commoners, men would cross-dress as women and the poor dress up as princes and princesses - social roles and class differences were expected to be forgotten once a year but only for the duration of the festival.
By the end of the 18 century the festivities were enriched by competitions. People would not just dress up in costumes but also perform a parade accompanied by an orchestra of strings, drums and other instruments. These ever more organized competitions became the main attractions of the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
Coming to Rio Carnival means a bit of preparation. You should not only book ahead your flight, accommodation, and always buy your Rio Carnival tickets in advance. Study the Rio Carnival 2010 event calendar and pick the parades you intend to attend.
The so-called Zona Sul (the South End i.e. South Rio) is by far the most pleasant place to stay in Rio. It is by the sea and is the most civilized part of the city. Copacabana and Ipanema together form a big stage offering a carnival happening at every corner. Leblon, being a bit more upscale is also an excellent location.
  • 5 Days Hotel 3,4,5 Star Copacabana
  • Parade Ticket for Feb 14 2010
  • Transfers Airport return FD - Tour Sugar Loaf Corcovado bbq
  • Packages starting from $1699.00 usd La only, per person, based on double.
For more information contact Daniel Rae at Vacanza Destinations at 1-866-370-2277 or 250-764-3039 or http://vacanzadestinations.com/index.html
Oh, by the way if your are looking for an idea on how to save the money for your trip this year? Why not use part of your tax refund from your RRSP contribution? Add to your life experience and your retirement savings at the same time!

Thanks again to Daniel for some great vacation ideas!


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2 Response to "Carnival Rio de Janerio - a 5 day Celebration!"

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Rio de janeiro carnival Says....

This is really very big and awesome experince for visit the Rio de janerio carnival. Carnival street celebration are one of the most common features of this centuries old tradition.

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