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Carnival!

Join teleSUR as we take a look at Carnival, a grand celebration with diverse cultural roots and meanings as well as profound social impacts around the globe.

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Resistance Culture

 

How Samba Became a Form of Resistance in Brazil

As the world prepares for Carnival festivities, we look at how Brazilian music has contributed to the fight for social justice. READ MORE

Carnival and Religion

 

Carnival in Latin America and its Origins

One of the things about Latin America’s carnival celebrations that drew my attention is its popularity in very conservative, Catholic countries, when many historians say it has origins in pagan festivities or the rituals of ancient civilizations.  READ MORE

Carnaval, Carnival, Fat Tuesday, Mardis Gras or...Pancake Day?

While Carnival — or Carnaval as it is know in Spanish and Portuguese — has deep religious connotations, today more often than not it has become a popular celebration known for costumes, floats, samba, beads, food, revelry and even debauchery.READ MORE

Carnival Worldwide

 

Afro-Uruguayans Celebrate Carnival

IN PICTURES: Afro-Uruguayan dance troupes celebrated their heritage in a procession with traditional candombe music. SEE MORE

Carnival 2017

IN PICTURES: From the streets of Rio de Janeiro to the top of the Andes, Carnival festivities have been roaring throughout the month of February. SEE MORE

Carnival Parade Lights Up Ecuador's Streets

IN PICTURES: The historic center of Quito, Ecuador, celebrated the holiday with traditional costumes, dance and music.SEE MORE

Carnival 2015 Around the World

IN PICTURES: Carnival is a cultural phenomenon celebrated around the world and evokes joy as well as widespread participation. Countries mark the holiday with costumes, parades, and other cultural manifestations. SEE MORE

Carnival & Crisis in Brazil

 

Carnival and the Exploitation Of Black Culture

Brazilians Fuse Politics and Protest with Carnival Festivities

IN PICTURES: Carnival festivities haven't made Brazilians forget about the country's political woes. SEE MORE

Brazilian Cities Cancel Carnival over Security Concerns

Amid police strikes and widespread violence, cities in Brazil's Espirito Santo state say they cannot protect partygoers and tourists. READ MORE

Brazil's Corporate Farmers in No Mood for Carnival Festivities

Rio's Carnival festivities are threatened this year by a spat pitting a well-known parade troupe against Brazil's powerful farmers.READ MORE

Brazil Viral Campaign Promotes Carnival Without Harassment

The campaign #CarnavalSemAssedio, or carnival without harassment, seeks to promote a safe and healthy carnival in Brazil. READ MORE

 
  • A municipal worker next to a poster promoting Rio Carnival 2016 before fumigating the area with insecticide, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 26, 2016. The International Olympic Committee assured that the teams that will travel to the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in August will be safe against the Zika virus.

    A municipal worker next to a poster promoting Rio Carnival 2016 before fumigating the area with insecticide, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 26, 2016. The International Olympic Committee assured that the teams that will travel to the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in August will be safe against the Zika virus. | Photo Reuters

  • President Evo Morales, Vice President Alvaro Garcia, and actor Jude Law are surrounded by carnival performers, La Paz, Feb. 13, 2015.

    President Evo Morales, Vice President Alvaro Garcia, and actor Jude Law are surrounded by carnival performers, La Paz, Feb. 13, 2015. | Photo ABI

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    Brazil's famous carnival, Feb. 17, 2015. | Photo Xinhua

  • Carnival revellers in Castries, Saint Lucia

    Carnival revellers in Castries, Saint Lucia | Photo teleSUR

  • Over the carnival weekend in early February, the government organized more than 12,000 sports and recreation events nationwide, as part of the 11th Festival of Sports, Recreation and Culture.

    Over the carnival weekend in early February, the government organized more than 12,000 sports and recreation events nationwide, as part of the 11th Festival of Sports, Recreation and Culture. | Photo AVN

  • Women shout slogans and hold up a placard that reads

    Women shout slogans and hold up a placard that reads | Photo Reuters

  • A float with giant figures of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and French President Francois Hollande parades during the Carnival parade in Nice, Feb. 17, 2015.

    A float with giant figures of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and French President Francois Hollande parades during the Carnival parade in Nice, Feb. 17, 2015. | Photo Reuters

  • Dancers parade next to a float with giant figures of (L-R) Russian President Vladimir Puttin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande during the Carnival parade in Nice, Feb. 17, 2015.

    Dancers parade next to a float with giant figures of (L-R) Russian President Vladimir Puttin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande during the Carnival parade in Nice, Feb. 17, 2015. | Photo Reuters

  • Two policemen look at a float with giant figures of French President Francois Hollande (L) and former first lady Valerie Trierweiler (C) during the Carnival parade in Nice, Feb. 17, 2015.

    Two policemen look at a float with giant figures of French President Francois Hollande (L) and former first lady Valerie Trierweiler (C) during the Carnival parade in Nice, Feb. 17, 2015. | Photo Reuters

  • A float with a giant figure of late singer Bob Marley (C) is paraded through the crowd during the Carnival parade in Nice, Feb. 17, 2015.

    A float with a giant figure of late singer Bob Marley (C) is paraded through the crowd during the Carnival parade in Nice, Feb. 17, 2015. | Photo Reuters

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