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Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival is world famous. Every year, this huge exuberant spectacle begins 40 days before Easter and represents 5 days of celebrations. Millions of Brazilians and visitors who travel here from around the world come to experience this extravaganza. During Carnival, the streets are filled with music, dance and colourful parades.
There are many different stories about the origins of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. The most plausible one explains that it grew out of the Portuguese spring festival ‘Entrudo’, a joyous street celebration where masked revellers threw water, mud and citrus fruit at each other. Around the year 1600, the Portuguese colonists introduced the party to Brazil where it developed into the Carnival we know today.