The Carnival is the top cultural and festive event in Brazil! It originally involved mass celebrations started by Greeks to honour Dionysus, the god of wine. It was later revived by Romans, imported into Europe and infused with African influences, especially the costumes. Since then, the Carnival has evolved greatly. Ancient African slaves in Brazil introduced Samba dance and music, which have been an integral part of Brazilian carnivals for more than a century and have come to be closely associated to the Carnival and contemporary Brazilian culture.
Nowadays, huge extravagant festivals take place every year in most cities of the country. Although the Rio de Janeiro Carnival is the most symbolic and spectacular, the entire country is transformed into an extraordinary and uninterrupted festival arena for some days. Enormous feasts take place in Rio das Pedras, São Paulo, Itaparica, Trancoso, Recife-Olinda, Florianopolis and Salvador de Bahia. Even the most isolated villages hold events with the resources at their disposal! The Carnival is sacred in Brazil