[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Much like the famous Brazilian and Caribbean carnivals and several other fanfare celebrations across the globe patterned and structured after them, especially in former colonies of Portugal, the Angola Carnival has Portuguese influence and connection to the Lenten season.
The unwritten code is that the timing of these is to indulge themselves in raucous revelry before the 40-day somber period of sober reflection, self-denial and abstinence from food and other bodily pleasures in commemoration of Jesus’ wilderness experience which precedes Easter.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”25749″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]The Angola Carnival is perhaps the most popular celebration in the country. The festival dates back to around 1857, however the post-independence carnival style which is rooted in traditional Angolan songs and dances with drums and percussion accompaniment was defined in 1978 as the “People’s Festival” by the country’s first president.
Known then as Carnaval da Vitoria (Victory Carnival) from 1978 to 1992, the festival was celebrated from the last Thursday before Lent to the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, throughout the entire country. The D-day, Tuesday is a public holiday and it features the most elaborate shows and colorful fanfare with the official parade which is witnessed by the President and members of his cabinet in Luanda.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”25751″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Usually the ten performing groups go on a procession through Nova Marginal Avenue in Luanda, singing and dancing energetically to pulsating rhythms. They are all brightly adorned in colorful and outlandish gears and costumes. Celebrations occur everywhere in the country with so much fanfare.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”25752″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]On the sidewalks, there are food vendors where people can grab tasty snacks and local delicacies, while drinks can also be bought. The carnival also features a children’s parade which occurs on Saturday. D-day for the 2017 Angola Carnival is Tuesday, February 28. Preparations start on Thursday, February 23 while the children’s parade will take place on Saturday, February 25.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”25753″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Wow!! What a dedication to celebration, what do you think? let us know at the comment box[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]For additional information, please see:

http://www.angolamarket.com/index.php?page=view/article/69/Angola-Carnival

http://www.eturbonews.com/14462/luanda-carnival-big-hit-tourists

http://allafrica.com/stories/201502140007.html

http://www.our-africa.org/angola/carnival[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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