Here in Los Angeles we have students from a lot of different countries. This is exciting because it gives us a chance to learn more about other cultures and customs. While we are here in Valley College, we are still surrounded by different people from all over the world, who can teach us a lot about their countries. I am an international student from Brazil and to contribute to this I would like to take some time to introduce Carnival, which is a Brazilian holiday.
Carnival is the most famous holiday in Brazil. This holiday is religious and symbolizes freedom. It is celebrated every year, forty days before Easter, and finishes on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Carnival time in Brazil is very exciting and interesting because the country stops completely for almost a week.
During the holiday of Carnival, a parade happens, which is called “Samba School Parade.” This is an official competition where a single school is declared the winner, according to costume, flow, theme, the band music quality, and performance. When the school starts its performance everybody screams, dances, and sings.
The traditional music during this holiday is Samba, which originates from African roots. Various types of guitar and various percussion instruments such as the tambourine are used to play Samba music. It is impossible to listen to Samba and not start dancing.
To sum up, the festivities are intense, both day and night, but the most important event would be the Samba parade done by schools from each state of Brazil. This is an incredible event where you can experience real Brazil through its music. The best time to visit Brazil, in my opinion, is during the Carnival Parade and I hope you can all get a chance to experience it.