The Longest Party in the World

Although Carnival, the traditional festivities celebrated by Christians around the world before Lent begins, has already come and gone, one country has the distinction of hosting the longest Carnival celebrations of any other nation.

The people of Uruguay, a South American country located on the Atlantic coast and nestled between Brazil and Argentina, celebrates Carnival for 40 days!

Although the Carnival celebrations in Brazil gain more attention, Uruguay’s Carnival has religious, cultural, social, and political meaning.

Like most countries, Uruguay hosts parades as part of their Carnival celebrations. The Desfile de Carnaval, which means the Carnival Parade, and the Desfile de Llamadas, the “Calls Parade”, which is a re-enactment of colonial times.

In addition, Uruguay has a strong musical and comedy tradition. Street performances, called murga, mix music, acting, and comedy and are used to amuse and entertain children while offering biting political satire for grown-ups.

Judges visit the murga in different neighborhoods and award prizes for the best.

Although Carnival in Uruguay ended on Ash Wednesday, there’s plenty of time to make plans to visit Uruguay for Carnival 2013!



Filed under Holiday, Latin America

8 responses to “The Longest Party in the World

  1. That’s really interesting! Thanks for all your posts — I love sharing them with my kids.

    • Barbara Stanley

      Very interesting. We hear so little about Uruguay. When I started to read I was certainly expecting article to be about Brazil. Yeah, Uruguay!

      • I heard about the Carnival in Uruguay whilst learning a version of their “Candombé” rhythm quite a few years ago and have been intrigued ever since, so when i saw this I thought it deserved reposting straight away!

      • Kathryn Coulibaly

        I first heard about Uruguay’s carnival on my local PBS radio station. I thought it was so interesting that the people in Uruguay use these cultural events and skits to discuss politics. When I looked into it, I felt like this was something kids would like to know about. Who can imagine a party that lasts for 40 days? Thanks so much for your comments.

      • Kathryn Coulibaly

        That’s part of the fun for me about blogging about different people and cultures – we know a little about some places and yet there are so many fascinating, interesting things going on in every part of the world. I really enjoy learning about them and sharing them. And hopefully one day this information will make someone a big winner on Jeopardy!

  2. mau

    Here’s a short video of Murga Queso Magro performing in Club Malvin, Montevideo, Uruguay:

  3. Your style is unique compared to other people I’ve read stuff from. I appreciate you for posting when you’ve got the opportunity,
    Guess I’ll just book mark this page.

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