Today is the start of Carnival in Brazil, a five-day celebration featuring outrageous costumes, dance, and music. Brazilians spend the entire year making their preparations.
So why all the lasciviousness, might you ask?
For those who need a reason: the word Carnival comes from the Latin “carne vale”, or “farewell to meat”. The festivities precede Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, when Catholics give up things they enjoy for 40 days until Easter.
Carnival then provides an opportunity for people to revel in everything they enjoy, following a tradition of street festivals dating back to ancient times.
Today, Rio de Janeiro boasts the largest Carnival in the world with over 2.5 million people on the streets each day.
And until next Wednesday, the party is on.