Photo Story: Carnival around the world

Members of Grupo Especial Aguia de Ouro samba school take part in the traditional carnival parade at Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 23 February 2020. EPA-EFE/SEBASTIAO MOREIRA

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A selection of photos from EPA of Carnival celebrations around the world.

The term Carnival is traditionally used in areas with a large Catholic presence, as well as in Greece.

In historically Evangelical Lutheran countries, the celebration is known as Fastelavn, and in areas with a high concentration of Anglicans (Church of England/US Episcopal Church), Methodists, and other Protestants, pre-Lenten celebrations, along with penitential observances, occur on Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras.

Carnival of Oruro, Bolivia
Dancers perform during a parade during the Oruro’s Carnival, in Oruro, Bolivia, 22 February 2020. The Carnival of Oruro was declared as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by Unesco in 2001. EPA-EFE/Emilio Huascar
Carnival in Eindhoven
A reveller walks on after the first carnival night in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 23 February 2020. EPA-EFE/ROB ENGELAAR

In Slavic Eastern Orthodox nations, Maslenitsa is celebrated during the last week before Great Lent. In German-speaking Europe and the Netherlands, the Carnival season traditionally opens on 11/11 (often at 11:11 am). This dates back to celebrations before the Advent season or with harvest celebrations of St. Martin’s Day.

Samba schools parade during carnival celebrations in Sao Paulo
Members of Grupo Especial Aguia de Ouro samba school take part in the traditional carnival parade at Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 23 February 2020. EPA-EFE/SEBASTIAO MOREIRA

The Carnival in Brazil is a major part of Brazilian culture. It is sometimes referred to by Brazilians as the “Greatest Show on Earth”.

Funchal Carnival in Madeira Island
Performers parade during the traditional carnival festivities in Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal, 22 February 2020. The traditional carnival includes a dozen allegoric troupes and more than a thousand participants. EPA-EFE/HOMEM DE GOUVEIA
Forest Carnival in the Amazon rainforest
A group of people in costumes participate in a boat in the Forest Carnival, one of the most traditional carnivals in the Amazonin the community of Juaba, in the city of Cameta, state of Para, Brazil, 21 February 2020 (issued 22 February 2020). Several thousand kilometers from the well-known festivals of Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Recife or Sao Paulo, an exotic carnival makes its way into the saturated Brazilian calendar, that of Cameta, where hundreds of participants navigate the waters of the Tocantins River, located in the middle of the Amazon region. The colorful costumes and the huge and eye-catching masks flooded this Saturday in Cameta, a small municipality of just over 100,000 inhabitants of the state of Para (north) and one of the oldest in the Brazilian Amazon. EPA-EFE/Raimundo Pacco
Carnival of Venice
A security guard wearing a protective face mask stand guard as masked and costumed people walk by on the streets of Venice near San Marco square during the Carnival in Venice, Italy, 23 February 2020. EPA-EFE/ABIR SULTAN
Ancestral carnival tradition in Huejotzingo
Battalions of different neighborhoods with traditional costumes take part in a carnival event in Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico, 22 February 2020. EPA-EFE/HILDA RIOS
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