From February and throughout the next months the most colorful carnivals of the world are celebrated
February marks the beginning of the Carnival, which in some parts of the world will last for several weeks. The traditional celebrations linked to this tradition, with their colors, masks and costumes, are a pretext to travel, therefore, WorldHotels proposes some destinations in which to discover the Carnival, not only in the most famous capitals for their spectacular street parties, but also in places that treasure unique customs in the world linked to these dates of the calendar.
Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from March 1 to 9, 2019
The largest carnival in the world, the one in Rio de Janeiro, is celebrated since 1723 and is known worldwide for the samba dancers who dance for hours, moving their colorful costumes. Sculptural bodies, a lot of brightness and, above all, a lot of samba: this is how the carnival in Rio de Janeiro dazzles the two million people who cross its streets every year. The Carnival in the Sambadrome is a party in which many samba schools in the country compete fiercely with each other for being the best.
Traveler’s Advice: Travelers can also participate in any of the Sambodromo parades, in the so-called «tourist class», mixing among the crowd to dance to the rhythm of the music, but without the need for any rehearsal. Of course, participants must buy their own costumes, which usually cost between 150 and 300 euros.
Where to stay: Participate in the Carnival of Rio is a titanic party. To give you a well-deserved rest, we suggest you to stay at the Rio Othon Palace hotel, ideal to relax and unwind. Conveniently located near the incomparable Copacabana beach, you will be within walking distance of the city center and also enjoy breathtaking views of the hill or peak Sugar Loaf, one of the most striking attractions of the city.
The Fasnacht of Basel-Switzerland, from 11 to 14 March 2019
The Basel Carnival keeps the city in a state of celebration for three days, starting on Monday at 4:00 am, in total darkness: at that moment the curfew known as the «Morgestraich» sounds, moment from which the city is transformed into a sea of hand painted lanterns that are transported by the comparsas who, dressed in masks of the traditional characters, the Waggis and the Uelis, sound the piccolo, the drums and other wind instruments . What makes Basel Fasnacht so unique is that mixture of anarchic chaos in a large-scale organized event. Due to its uniqueness, it was declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Traveler’s tip: at the Basel Fasnacht, only active participants can go in disguise and wear masks. Spectators should not paint their faces, or use cardboard noses or fools hats (one of the characters) as it is frowned upon.
Where to stay: The perfect place for those wishing to enjoy the Fastnacht celebrations in the middle of the night is the Hotel Victoria conveniently located in the center of Basel. With seasonal and regional products, the hotel restaurant Le Train Bleu Bistrot offers delicious Swiss cuisine that will conquer all palates.
Carnival in Copenhagen, Denmark, from June 7 to 10, 2019
The Copenhagen Carnival is celebrated every year in spring. Although it is considered a Carnival for a few years, it has grown rapidly over the years and has become the largest Danish music festival in the world. During its celebration, attendees can dance to the rhythm of traditional samba, dell steelpan or electronic music, accompanied by 2,000 dancers, 120 bands and more than 100,000 spectators.
Traveler’s advice: If you love Carnival and want to share it with your family, this festival is perfect. There is a special program for children that floods the city with workshops, performances and a children’s parade.
Where to stay: Tivoli Hotel Copenhagen is located on the edge of the famous Tivoli Gardens, just ten minutes walk from Copenhagen Central Station, which makes it a great place to stay during Carnival. Children will not get bored at this hotel, due to its games room, the large pool area and the outdoor play area.
Notting Hill Carnival – London, England from 24 to 26 August 2019.
Every year, in August, in the ever elegant neighborhood of Notting Hill in London, its iconic Carnival takes place over a long weekend. An opportunity to see Londoners relax, drink coconut water, eat chicken with their hands and dance until the wee hours of the morning. This Carnival is dedicated to the traditions of the British community of the West Indies and is characterized by its tribute to music, with live performances throughout the city in its five stages: Masquerade, Sound Systems, Steeldrum Bands, Calypso and Soca.
Traveler’s Advice: Download the mobile application of the Notting Hill Carnival, which has a lot of useful information and will help you navigate the neighborhood and the different events without getting lost.
Where to stay: The Royal Garden Hotel is close to the High Street Kensington tube station and has excellent access to the transport network of London. The hotel offers panoramic views of the Kensington Palace and Gardens, Hyde Park and the skyline of the London skyline. After the night celebrations and having slept until the afternoon you can enjoy a traditional tea with its award-winning and delicious cakes while you enjoy the picturesque views.