|Brazil Jan 18 2007
The culture of Brazil
is rooted in the culture of Portugal.
The Portuguese settlers & immigrants brought the Catholic faith, the Portuguese
language and several traditions & customs that however determine the modern-day
As a multiracial country, its culture likewise absorbed extra determines. The
Amerindian peoples shaped Brazil’s language & cuisine and the Africans,
brought as slaves, largely acted upon Brazil’s music, dance, cuisine and language.
and German immigrants
came in prominent numbers and their influences are felt closer to the South
The Brazilian Carnival is an annual celebration in Brazil took hold forty days
prior to Easter & marking the start of Lent. During Lent, Roman Catholics,
which one constitute the majority in Brazil, are to abstain caused by bodily
pleasures. Carnival, which is celebrated as a profane festival, can thus be
compared to a farewelling of the pleasures of the flesh.
In Brazil, Carnival as a all exhibits some disputes with its counterparts in
Europe and other parts of the world, & within the country itself it is manifested
in distinguishable ways in the diverse areas.
The contemporary Brazilian Carnival finds its roots in Rio de Janeiro in the 1830s,
when the city’s bourgeoisie imported the done of holding balls & masquerade
parties derived from Paris. It originally mimicked the European form of the festival,
over time acquiring elements derived from African & Amerindian cultures.
In the last 19th century, the cordoes (literally laces in Portuguese) were
presented in Rio de Janeiro. These were groups of people who would process through
the streets playing music and dancing. In todays world they are have a go at
it as blocos (blocks), consisting of a group of people who dress in costumes
according to certain topics or to celebrate the Carnival in particular ways.
Blocos are generally associated with particular neighbourhoods or suburbs and
include both a percussion or music group & an entourage of revellers.
In the period of the Carnival, a fat man is elected to represent the role of
Rei Momo, the "king" of Carnival.
Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is have a go at it worldwide for the elaborate parades
presented by the city’s major samba schools in the Sambadrome & is one of
the world’s huge tourist attractions.
Samba schools are very heavy, well-financed organizations that work through
and through the year in preparation for Carnival. Parading in the Sambadrome
runs over four total nights & is part of an functionary contest, split up
into seven divisions, in which one a single samba school will be declared that
year’s winner. Blocos deriving given by the samba schools also hold street parties
in their various suburbs, through and through which they process along by owning
* 73.6% of the people is Catholic, causing Brazil the country sustaining the
biggest Catholic population in the world.
* 7.4% of the population reckon themselves agnostics or atheists.
* Spiritism constitutes 1.3% of the population (about 2.3 million).
* 1.8% are members of other faiths. Some of These are Latter-day Saints Followers),
Jehovah’s Witnesses Followers) Buddhism Seicho-No-Ie, Judaism , & Islam
* 0.3% are Following of African traditional religions such as Candomble, Macumba,
* Some practice a intermixture of different faiths, such as Catholicism, Candomble,
& indigenous American religion combined.
The most popular sport in Brazil is football (soccer), and the country is renowned
for the character of its players, including Ronaldo, Pele, Ronaldinho, Jairzinho,
Rivelino, Zico, Romario, Carlos Alberto, Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos, Garrincha,
& most recently, Kaka and one of the globe’s most acknowledged players and
the current holder of the title of best football player in the world, Ronaldinho.
The Brazilian national football team has been victorious in the globe Cup tournament
a record five times and after the 3rd time, Brazil kept the world Cup trophy
Brazil has likewise accomplished success in more international sports, mainly
volleyball, basketball, tennis, gymnastics & auto racing.
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