By Chesney Hearst, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Carnival and other Pre-Lenten celebrations are observed throughout the world from New Orleans’ Mardi Gras to Ecuador's Fiesta de las Flores y las Frutas, but in Brazil the four days before Ash Wednesday, mark the country’s biggest holiday. Especially in Rio, the birthplace of samba music, the Carnival celebrations have become world renowned and are now a global icon of the city.

The history of Carnival is complex with dates and origin stories often debated. However, one thing is clear; in Rio, the modern day Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed? Login Here