The downside to Brazil being the Country of Carnival

The annual celebrations to be held this weekend have helped Brazil earn a reputation as one of the world's "coolest" countries, but cool can only take you so far

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The world-famous samba school parade, in Rio. Photo: CP DC Press/Shutterstock

A popular joke in Brazil dictates that the year only properly begins after the Carnival holidays, the four-day period of festivities that takes over the nation this weekend. The idea is that the celebrations are such a big deal that the “Country of Carnival” waits until the parades and street parties are out of the way before turning their attention to anything else. As the world watches the colorful scenes that largely form the visual identity of Brazil overseas, the joke seems to be quite close to reality.

However, it might be time for Brazil to rethink about the ramifications...

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