The One Festival Everyone Should Celebrate at Least Once in Their Lifetime

Carnival in Brazil is one of the most dazzling festivities to take part in. Though a kaleidoscope of cultural influences, the festival's roots are firmly planted in the Catholic holiday Ash Wednesday. African-Brazilian culture, along with various folkloric traditions native to Brazil, have also shaped the celebration into what it is today. Carnival begins the Friday before Ash Wednesday and comes to a close on Ash Wednesday. This year, that means Carnival will take place on Friday, February 24, and end Wednesday, March 1. If you're thinking Carnival sounds similar to Mardi Gras, you've hit the nail on the head. The difference is that the former is a uniquely Brazilian take on the anticipation of Lent. If you're celebrating Carnival in Brazil this year, keep reading for everything you should know before heading over.