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Saturday, October 01, 2005

Carnival Carioca

In Brazil, Carnival is always a big occasion to feast with mockery. From North to South Brazil, streets and clubs are coloured and decorated with Carnival's symbols such as masks, pierrots and colombines. Wherever you are you can dance and participate to carnival parades. Even in Jewish tradition, a wedding is seen as an occasion to make a bride and groom feel like King and Queen for a day, with court entertainment.

As Ron's maternal side of the family is from Argentina, we decided to have our own Carnival Carioca, as is the tradition of most Argentinian celebrations. Ron and I had attended our good friends' wedding in Buenos Aires last summer where I was introduced to this custom of Carnival for the very first time. Essentially, at the end of the wedding reception, tango and samba music is played, masks and noise makers are handed out, and everyone dances and celebrates. It is just plain FUN! So we brought "mardi gras" items to the reception for people to enjoy. Ron liked his "Milo" hat so much, he insisted we save it as a wedding keepsake.

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