Rio de Janeiro lies on the Atlantic Ocean, somewhat more than halfway down Brazil's eastern
coast and very nearly smack on the tropic of Capricorn. The coastal mountain consist of granite
peaks draped in lush tropical rain forest. The peaks, which include the famous Pão de Acúcar,
Corcovado Mountain, Dois Irmãos, and flat-topped Gávea, dramatically hug the sea and give Rio
its signature beauty.
Anyone who thinks of events and holidays in Brazil almost simultaneously thinks of Carnival & Rio
de Janeiro. Whilst Carnival does indeed play a major part in the events and holidays of Brazil, with
a population in which approximately one in every two is Roman Catholic, and from a continent
famous for fiesta, it should come as no surprise to learn that Brazil has a number of events and
holidays in addition to the world famous Carnival(or Carnaval, spelled in Portuguese).
The name "Carnaval" comes from the Italian expression "carne vale" (meat worth it), that makes
the meat fast and the introspection of Lent worth the feast of food, music and sex.
Carnival or "Carnaval" (in portuguese), is one of the best times in Brazil´s year. Along with New Year, it
is the party of the country.
Carnival follies haven't a precise time to take place. They usually happen just before Lent, the
40-day period preceding the Easter holiday.
Carnival activities around Brazil normally take place from the Friday prior to Ash Wednesday and
continue up to and including Ash Wednesday itself. In some cities the celebrations will spill over
through the entire week and include the following weekend. Most Brazilian offices and business
will close for the week of Carnival in much the same way companies in many parts of the world
close between Christmas and the New Year.