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Carnaval is one of the biggest Holidays in Brazil The celebration is to commemorate the beginning of Lent which is firmly rooted in the Catholic tradition According to George Ancona in the book Carnaval he mention Carnaval as the last hurrah before the beginning of Lent so Sunday through Tuesday before Ash Wednesday it is party time In the Catholic religion Lent is linked to fasting and in particular to abstaining from eating meat This is where the word Carnaval comes from Carna means meat eating and val refers to the falling away So the definition for this particular Carnaval is the falling away from eating meat This occurs during Lent Although most Catholics no longer strictly follow this tradition it is still the root of Carnaval But for most Brazilians the truth meaning of Carnaval is long holiday beautiful parades and big streets parties Carnaval is the most popular traditional celebration in Brazil For four days at least officially in many cities its more than a week the joyful feeling spreads over the streets and squares from North to South and from East to West Covered by anonymity working class businessmen judges and maids dance all together In this period all the country stops and very few people work Banks schools and business are all closed The few places that people find open is the grocery liquor stores and dance clubs The parades it is the most colorful event in the Carnaval The parades are composed of school and each school has about three to five thousand participants who are overwhelmingly poor people from the citys sprawling suburbs Every Carnival samba schools compete with each other and are judged on every aspect of their presentation by a jury Each samba school must base its effort around a central theme Sometimes the theme is an historical event or personality Other times it is a story or legend from Brazilian literature a historical theme or even
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