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Overnight: Carnival in Rio



I had no idea when I thought of themes for these overnights how different 'Carnival' or 'Mardi Gras' traditions would be celebrated throughout the world.. The carnival tradition I know best is from the Black Forest.

Here's an ITN video from the Carnival in Rio. Quite a difference from Venice or Basel or Cologne!

From the 'About' information on YouTube:

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Overnight: Black Orpheus / Orfeu Negro - Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Black OrpheusI just finished watching the Oscars and I'm glad I taped them so that I could skip through passages which meant nothing to me.  It looks as many of them have excellent special effects, but I doubt I'll see them.  There's just something too slick, too perfect about them (based on the excerpts I saw).  I still prefer simple films and simple stories like Black Orpheus.

I chose it for this evening's overnight for two reasons. One is that it's a beautiful film. Two that it takes place during the carnival in Rio. Netflix, unfortunately, does not stream it, but it is available from them on DVD.

Black Orpheus (Portuguese: Orfeu Negro)

is a 1959 film made in Brazil by French director Marcel Camus. It is based on the play Orfeu da Conceição (pt) by Vinicius de Moraes, which is an adaptation of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, set in the modern context of a favela in Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval. The film was an international co-production between production companies in Brazil, France and Italy.

The above is from the Wiki where you can read more about the film.


Overnight: Fasnacht in Basel, Switzerland: Morgenstreich


Fasnacht Basel SwitzerlandMore from 'Carnival' aka 'Mardi Gras' celebrations around the world, in this case in Basel, Switzerland.

One of the events this video covers is the 'Morgenstreich' - the 'morning prank' - so-called because it takes place on the Monday after the start of Lent in defiance, in years by, of a papal prohibition of any festivities taking place once Lent begins.


Overnight: Carnival in Cologne, Germany


KarnevalKoelnw398h264Cologne (in German 'Koeln' or 'Köln') - is on the Rhine River in Northern Germany. It celebrates 'Carnival' - or 'Fastnacht' - the weeks time before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday in a very different way than the southern Germans do. There are parades but there are also fancy dress parties, a feature of which, as you might guess, is much drinking, the presenting of kings and queens, and a 'Buettenredner' - a teller of jokes in 'Koelnisch' - the dialect of German spoken in and around Cologne.

Here's one of those parties:

Here's a Wiki on the Carnival in Cologne.