5. Carnival of Brazil

The Carnival of Brazil (Portuguese: Carnaval do Brasil, IPA: [ka?na?vaw]) is an annual festival held between the Friday afternoon (51 days before Easter) and Ash Wednesday at noon, which marks the beginning of Lent, the forty-day period before Easter. On certain days of Lent, Roman Catholics and some other Christians traditionally abstained from the consumption of meat and poultry, hence the term “carnival,” from carnelevare, “to remove (literally, “raise”) meat.”

Revellers of Portela Samba School, 5th in the 2015 Rio's Carnival, perform during the Champions' Parade at the Sambadrome in Rio, Brazil, on February 21, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA        (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers of Portela Samba School, 5th in the 2015 Rio’s Carnival, perform during the Champions’ Parade at the Sambadrome in Rio, Brazil, on February 21, 2015. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)