Mention Brazil and a couple of things come to mind: golden sandy beaches, football, and Carnival. Now Google is trying to give everyone a taste of one of the world’s most famous street festivals.
In an official blog post the internet giant claims that it will be bringing people the “sounds and energy of Brazilian Carnival directly from the streets of Salvador (Brazil’s first capital and one of the oldest cities in the Americas) through Google+, YouTube and Orkut)”.
Between 16 and 21 February, Google says, people will be able to:
Although Google will be concentrating on Salvador, Carnival is immensely popular all over Brazil. In 2011, Rio de Janerio’s carnival alone reportedly drew in 4.9-million people, 400 000 of whom were foreigners.
The six-day festival occurs just before Lent. During this period, certain Roman Catholics and other Christians abstain from the consumption of meat and poultry. The term carnival comes from “carnelevare”, literally meaning “to remove meat”.