The origins of Carnaval in Brazil: A Timeline

The month of February means something different for Brazilians. While North American freezes due to the winter, South America celebrates summer. Carnaval is perhaps the most celebrated holiday in Brazil. It’s a time where people come together no matter their politics, gender and race. It’s a party and everybody’s welcome to join in.

Some say if you’d like to go to Brazil, you should go around this time. As a Brazilian, I couldn’t agree more. To enlighten my American friends, classmates and professors, here’s a brief timeline of the history of Carnaval.