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Saturday, February 14, 2015

What is the difference between Rio's Carnaval and Mardi Gras?

I just saw this:

Party time! Carnival opens in Rio - Yahoo

So my dumb question, what is the difference between carnival and Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras refers to Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.

And carnival starts on the day of the Feast of Epiphany. Epiphany, celebrated by the Catholic Church on January 6,is the day the visit of the Magi to Jesus (the three wise men).

Both are Catholic areas, Brazil was colonized by the Portuguese, and New  Orleans was run by the French, till the US bought it after Andrew Jackson kicked out the British.

So Carnival is more Spanish, where Mardi Gras is French. My understanding, is Portuguese and Spanish are very similar, and a person who speaks Portoguese can usually understand a Spanish speaking one..

The traditional colors in New Orleans for Mardi Gras are:

Meaning of Colors
     Justice (purple)
     Power (gold)
     Faith (green)

And some cute dresses for Carnival:

Girls Lavander Sequined Bodice with Layered Mesh Skirt
 Girl's Lavender Sequined Bodice with Layered Mesh Skirt
Retail Price: $84.99
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Retail Price: $99.99
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Girl's Lime Green Sequined Bodice with Layered Mesh Skirt
Girl's Lime Green Sequined Bodice with Layered Mesh Skirt

Retail Price: $84.99
Our Price: $49.99
You Save: $35.00


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