Latin America

Besides Brazil: Carnival around Latin America

Carnival isn't just a Brazilian tradition, in fact, there are unique celebrations all over Latin America with their own idiosyncrasies

The Oruro Carnival, in Bolivia, is one of the biggest in South America. Photo: Gary Yim/Shutterstock
The Oruro Carnival, in Bolivia, is one of the biggest in South America. Photo: Gary Yim/Shutterstock

There are two big misconceptions about Carnival and Latin America. One is that Carnival entirely defines Brazil, and the other is that Brazil is the only place to find a good Carnival party on the continent.

One of the things that makes Brazil so unique, plural, and colorful is its mix of cultures, putting the history of enslaved African populations and colonized indigenous peoples into the melting pot with European influences, resulting in the Brazilian nation. However, similar mixes can be found all over America, which was once one huge colony. 

Though Brazil differs from its neighbors by having...

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