ECUADOR: The Dawn Of Carnival 2014

The Dawn Of Carnival Weekend: Ecuador

The Dawn Of Carnival Weekend: Ecuador

It’s the beginning of CARNIVAL weekend in Ecuador! Whoo Hoo! This is the view I saw from my window earlier! What a beautiful day it is today!

The holiday of Carnival today is the four days leading up to the beginning of Lent. Everyone parties their guts out and goes wild and then its back to church.

Hundred and hundreds of years ago, the followers of the Catholic religion in Italy started the tradition of holding a wild costume festival right before the first day of Lent. Because Catholics are not supposed to eat meat during Lent, they called their festival, carnevale — which means “to put away the meat.”

As time passed, carnivals in Italy became quite famous; and in fact the practice spread to France, Spain, and all the Catholic countries in Europe. Then as the French, Spanish, and Portuguese began to take control of the Americas and other parts of the world, they brought with them their tradition of celebrating carnival.

Some of the costumes from other South American countries are pretty WILD:

CARNIVAL BRAZIL 2014

CARNIVAL BRAZIL 2014

Note: Photo above courtesy of ABC News

CARNIVAL BRAZIL 2014

CARNIVAL BRAZIL 2014

Note: Photo above courtesy of ABC News

CARNIVAL BRAZIL 2014

CARNIVAL BRAZIL 2014

Note: Photo above courtesy of ABC News

CARNIVAL BRAZIL 2014

CARNIVAL BRAZIL 2014

Note: Photo above courtesy of ABC News

CARNIVAL BRAZIL 2014

CARNIVAL BRAZIL 2014

Note: Photo above courtesy of ABC News

CARNIVAL BRAZIL 2014

CARNIVAL BRAZIL 2014

Note: Photo above courtesy of ABC News

CARNIVAL BRAZIL 2014

CARNIVAL BRAZIL 2014

Note: Photo above courtesy of ABC News

CARNIVAL BRAZIL 2014

CARNIVAL BRAZIL 2014

Note: Photo above courtesy of ABC News

CARNIVAL BRAZIL 2014

CARNIVAL BRAZIL 2014 Note: Photo courtesy of ABC News

ALL PHOTOS from CARNIVAL BRAZIL 2014 are courtesy of ABC NEWS and can be found here: http://abcnews.go.com/International/photos/2014-carnival-brazil-22727052/image-22738257

Update on Carnival 2014 ECUADOR Day 1:

Well I was awake until after 2:00 AM as there was so much noise from people partying and the music and the yelling and the dancing and the fireworks. I decided rather than fight it, I would simply catch the wave of the amazing energy and work on my book. When I needed to take a break, I walked out on my balcony and watched the amazing party from there. I’ve honestly never seen anything like this.

Carnival 2014 ECUADOR Day 2.  

The beach and the water are swarming with people right now! It looks like a massive colorful HIVE out there on the streets, in the water and on the beach. I guess all the partying last night didn’t keep them from enjoying the sun and the surf today!

Carnival 2014: Day 2 in Ecuador

Carnival 2014: Day 2 in Ecuador

Getting busier early afternoon!

CARNIVAL 2014 Ecuador Beach at Noon

CARNIVAL 2014 Ecuador Beach at Noon

More to come!

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2 thoughts on “ECUADOR: The Dawn Of Carnival 2014

  1. How beautiful and how exciting this it’s be. Wish we were there!🎉🔆🎶🍻🌴‼️

    Sent from my iPhone-Eric

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