Way of All Flesh, The Social Cauldron
Rio de Janeiro Carnival has been one of the most interesting artistic events on the Globe; a touchstone against which carnivals world over are measured. It’s a euphoric event where people dance, sing, party and have tons of fun, culminating in the Carnival Parade aka the Samba Parade. Seniors and children of all ages participate; aristocrats dress up as commoners, men cross-dress as women, the poor dress up as princes and princesses – Gender, social roles and class differences melt away. Two million people ravish the streets per day, and around 500,000 foreigners visit every year. It brings out the true heart and emotions of people; a kind of purgation. Most of the music played during Rio Carnival is samba—a uniquely Brazilian music and dance form invented by the poor Afro-Brazilians.
Yes, It’s Religious Too; A Curtain-raiser to The Lent The wild 4-day celebration 40 days before Easter, starts on Saturday and ends on Fat Tuesday giving way to The Lent starting Ash Wednesday, after which there is total abstention from all carnal pleasures. Carnival with all its excesses and profanities might be seen as a farewell to carnal pleasures.