Brazilian Carnival 2014 & Spring!

brazil's carnival 2014

It’s Monday, Folks!

What a way to start the week, heh?! Now, if you are in the colder climates up North of here, I am wishing you well during the third or so winter clean up of snow and the aftermath. I’ve even heard that in some places, like Washington, DC, they are expecting more snow … today … tonight … like an inch or so per hour. I remember when … between White Plains, NY and Concord, NH … winters were tough. Feeling grateful and blessed today.

As Spring tries to find its way into the Northern hemisphere, just around the equator, Brazil is celebrating “Carnival 2014!” Believe it … or not! It is said that February is the hottest month of the year in Brazil, and, with Carnival set this year from the 28th of February until the 4th of March (the day before Ash Wednesday), the festivities are in full swing now. While I do know of people who have been to Brazil’s most exciting event of the year, I have NOT been there. I am not sure if I would want to go though it is apparently an event where the local people dress up incredibly flamboyant with feathers and headdresses, costumes exposing some of the most talented and beautiful bodies on the Earth and a plethora of fun, good food and frolic. Of course, there has also been know to be a “dark side” to Carnival where mysterious occurrences generated by folklore, witch craft and drug use has also gained notoriety. Travelers be safe … and be aware.

During my years living in Colombia, I experienced a couple of “Cabal-gattas”, which is the celebration around Christmas time there when people and paraders ride horses throughout the city of Cali, Colombia while onlookers imbibed, danced and sang!! Yet, Carnival in Brazil’s major cities including Porto Alegre, Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro seems to top off ANY festival world-wide generating a lot of money each year. Some of the country’s poorest people are said to make up the majority of the revelers and participants dressed elegantly and preparing for the national Samba festival, which is the highlight of Carnival. It is also believed that this celebration dates back as far as the Greeks and the Romans who also had “wild parties” in the streets of the cities to celebrate the coming of Spring. Do you feel it in the air? How about in your hearts?!

Take this Monday, all, and dance through the “streets of your mind” enjoying the opportunity to just BE!


John I. Cook, Director

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