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Carnival

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The Carnival is the highlight of Bahia's cycle of festivals - the main event of the year, the great surge of human activity, when cares and problems of the day are forgotten. During these four festive days the streets are mobbed. In their silks and satins, the boys and girls go beyond the anonymity of everyday life.

For many people, turning the entire year's savings into debts that pile up over months to come is the price they pay for participating in a famous, festival block that almost suggests the merchants of Baghdad all the treasures of the 1001 Nights seem to pass through the streets.

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