Carnival in the early XX Century

February 2016


Street carnival, between 1900 and 193? / Collection FBNA.

Celebrated throughout the country on the streets, in clubs and in the parades of samba schools, the Brazilian Carnival gathers together different musical rhythms and is the most popular celebration in Brazil.

It is believed that the carnival has arisen around the year 520 B.C  in Greece. It was a party inspired in the god Dionysus to celebrate the arrival of spring and fertility. In the early years of the Christian era, the celebration became popular in ancient Rome.

In Brazil, it began around the seventeenth century brought by the Portuguese. Check the photo gallery of the Brasiliana Fotográfica, a joint project of Biblioteca Nacional and Instituto Moreira Salles.



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