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