Brazilians go a little nutty every February at carnival time. Similar to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, only celebrated throughout the country – it involves millions of people dancing in the streets, dressed in fancy costumes, beads, face masks. For four days, Brazilians just forget the future to enjoy only the present. People from all over the world come to Brazil to have fun in this very special time, mainly in Rio and in cities like Salvador, Recife e Olinda, in the northeast of the country.

Modern Brazilian Carnival originated in Rio de Janeiro in 1641, when the city’s bourgeoisie imported the practice of holding balls and masquerade parties from Paris. It originally mimicked the European form of the festival, later absorbing and creolizing elements derived from Native American and African cultures.”