Since entering the agricultural civilization, the first virtue that human beings have developed is “delayed satisfaction.” A lot of happiness can’t be enjoyed immediately, but it must first be hard work, and wait for the first time to harvest results.
The genes of civilization make “timely pleasure” a luxury. This kind of signal engraved in the genes of civilization has been passed to today, and most people live a repetitive life in the siege.
On the flat surface of the farming civilization, the carnival suddenly tore a hole and let the glare come in. It gives the deaf people the pleasure of being in time and enjoying the current rationality. During the carnival, identity, plans, results, and troubles were temporarily forgotten, and people were able to enjoy happiness themselves without any worries.
Carnival is not a patent of a certain country or nation, but is widespread throughout the world. Let’s take a look at the most outstanding and fascinating carnivals.
Rio de Janeiro Carnival: Hi
When it comes to carnival, if Rio calls the second, no one in the world dares to call the first. During these five days of the year, drums of warm music, beautiful costumes, and passionate dances are like a tsunami that engulfs the city of steel and concrete. On the streets of Rio in the Carnival, more than 2 million people gather every day, which is really “the biggest show on the planet.”
The host of the Rio Carnival is an obese man known as King Momo. At the opening of the carnival, the mayor of Rio will hand over the golden key to symbolize the city’s management power to King Momo, announcing the city’s indulgence time into the wine pond. Street performers and well-dressed residents have stepped onto the streets to join the carnival.
The climax of the carnival is the parade of Samba Avenue. Built in 1984, Samba Avenue is a permanent venue designed for parades. Samba Avenue, equipped with seats, will sell tickets for the audience to sit comfortably and watch the parade.
The protagonist of the parade is the “Samba School.” Samba schools with strong community culture are all over Rio, with 200 so. These schools have gathered residents of the community who wish to participate in the carnival, training them to drums, samba and parades.
Samba schools usually start preparing for the carnival several months in advance, carefully arranging themes and formations, and designing exotic costumes. The parade will last for two days, and the judges will select the best Samba school and the “Samba Queen”.
South America’s unrestrainedness is indeed written into genes. Many people who have experienced the Rio Carnival have been shocked by the free and easy body here. At the beginning of the carnival in 2017, the Brazilian Ministry of Health carried out a campaign to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, and it is estimated that 7.7 million condoms will be distributed free of charge nationwide.
Venice Carnival: Beauty
Unlike the unrestrained Latin American Carnival, the Venice Carnival is the flashback of Europe’s golden years, and it is covered with a mask of mysterious veil.
Similar to the traditional carnival in Europe, the Venetian Carnival is held every winter and early spring, and it is a lively attraction for residents who have been crouching for a winter to walk out of the house and meet the spring.
The other is related to Catholicism. Every year from “Gray Ash Wednesday” to 46 days before the end of Easter is Lent, and Catholics need to seek salvation through fasting, self-denial, etc. during Lent. Therefore, you must relax and celebrate before entering the Lent, which is the carnival.
Carnival on the flat surface of the farming civilization suddenly broke a hole.
The Venetian Carnival was officially declared during the Renaissance and was banned by Francis II until the end of the 18th century. After nearly two centuries of dust, in 1979, the Venetian Carnival returned to its vision in the name of a revival of cultural traditions, attracting more than 3 million visitors each year.
The most distinctive feature of the Venice Carnival is the “mask.” White background, golden vine decoration, colored mask around the eye, is the classic of the Venice Carnival. This mask, called “Volto”, completely obscures the identity of the master, allowing the comer to be free to blend into the atmosphere of carnival, no matter how noble or noble.
The most famous project of the Venice Carnival is the Maria Festival and Flying Angel. During the carnival, 12 young girls between the ages of 18 and 28 will participate in the parade and accept the public beauty pageant. The final winner will be crowned the “Maria” of the year by the “Governor” of St. Mark’s Square.
“Maria” will be the “angel” of the second year of the carnival. In a section called “Flying Angel”, it will slowly fly out from the bell tower of St. Mark’s Square and send blessings to everyone.
The 2019 Venice Carnival was held from February 16th to March 5th with the theme “all the disasters of the moon.”
Holi Festival of India: Color
Turning his gaze to Asia, the South Asian continent, which has always been known for its restraint and order, will also greet spring with strong colors at the turn of winter and spring. Popular in South Asia, the popular Holi Festival in India, Nepal, Pakistan and other places, known as the festival of colors, also known as the Holi Festival. In this celebration, people apply multicolored toner to each other until everyone turns into a rainbow.
Regardless of race or religion, the Carnival shares some obvious commonalities.
Holi Festival is actually the Spring Festival in the Indian calendar. It begins on the first day after the full moon in December of the Indian calendar and usually lasts for more than 3 days. The origin of this “color festival” is rich in religious meaning.
The Indian epic “Maha Bharata” records that there was an Indian king who banned the people from worshipping the god Vishnu for the ulterior motives, but his son insisted on worship. In a rage, the king instructed the banshee Hou Lika to burn the prince on a full moon night. In the fire, the prince was safe and sound, but Hou Lika was turned into ashes. The public regarded this as a blessing of Vishnu, and sprinkled seven colors of water on the prince to celebrate.
Therefore, every year on the full moon in December, Indians will gather in front of the campfire to burn a Hourika doll made of paper and grass, praying to eliminate the evil inside.
The next day, people took the most colorful colors and water guns representing blessings and took to the streets. This is the most equal day for the hierarchical Indian society. No matter how close you are, no matter the men and women, young and old, and of course, regardless of the “caste”, you can use the color powder to interact and send the blessings of the New Year.
The color powder used on the Holi Festival is pure natural material. The flowers of the Palash tree are dried to give the most classic scarlet and dark orange. The turmeric powder is punctual yellow, dotted with the brown of the dried tea and the blue of the indigo wood. With the help of water guns and water balloons, no one can retreat from the streets of Holi. It’s full of glory, water vapor, and a traditional cannabis drink, as if you are entering a dream.
Thai Songkran Festival: cool
It is actually a bias in the Songkran Festival in Thailand. The Songkran Festival is actually the Lunar New Year. In China’s Yunnan region, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and other places, there are water-splashing festivals.
In Thailand, the official name of the Songkran Festival is Song Gan Festival, which is derived from the Sanskrit word “crossing”. The Thai government will set the Song Dynasty holiday from April 13th to 15th.
During the three days of the Songkran holiday, there is a saying. The first day was called “Mc.”, and every household cleaned and prepared holiday supplies.
The second day is called “empty day”. It is neither counted as the old year nor counted as the New Year. People hold water-splashing activities on this day, splashing each other with pure water, praying for the disappointment of washing the past year. Good wishes to enter the new year.
The third day is the New Year’s Day and is considered the most auspicious day. The Yi and men who can sing and dance will sing and dance on this day, “put up and raise” (ignited after putting gunpowder in the bamboo festival), row dragon boats, and celebrate the arrival of the new year.
As Southeast Asian countries increasingly rely on tourism, the Songkran Festival, once rich in religion and blessing, has been replaced by the Songkran Festival, which loves freedom and advocates enjoyment.
During the Songkran Festival, major cities in Thailand will open up the main street as a water gun battlefield. Even fire water stations, thick-diameter water pipes and elephants will participate in this “battle.” In particular, near Khao San Road in Bangkok and near Silom, the busiest business district in the city center, street parties are specially held to attract a large number of “flip-flops”.
Southeast Asia is a popular tourist destination, the exotic atmosphere of the Songkran Festival and the carnival sentiment, and it has also invited the backpackers around the world. During the 2018 Songkran Festival, more than 500,000 foreign tourists visited Thailand, creating a tourism income of 24 billion baht (about 800 million US dollars). The Tourism Authority of Thailand predicts that during the Song Dynasty in 2019, more than 2.3 million locals and foreign tourists will participate in this “Water Marathon”.
Looking around the world, regardless of race, religion, the Carnival shares some obvious commonalities. Time is at the turn of the winter and spring or the New Year; with religious background and praying meaning; emphasizing equality, even a hierarchical society will unload the burden on this day; indulge in sensuality, will use bright decorations to express a happy mood.
one World, One Dream. No matter how far the geographical distance and cultural differences, human desire for joy is the same.
If you are alive, why not have a carnival?