Festivals have been part of life and culture dating back thousands of years. As such, they vary across different cultures and regions and have been an integral part of human civilization, serving as occasions for celebrations, religious or spiritual observances, and social gatherings.
Carnaval in Brazil is a world-renowned festival celebrated in major Brazilian cities such as Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador, and Recife. Known for its vibrant and colorful festivities, the festival occurs before Lent, usually in February or early March.
Festivities include the creation of altars adorned with offerings, such as favorite foods and drinks of the departed. People decorate graves with flowers – particularly marigolds – paint their faces as skulls, and wear skeleton costumes.