Google Doodle highlights in honor of Colombia’s Carnaval de Barranquilla on February 22, 2020, some of the colorful dresses and masks on display during this annual festival of cultural legacy coming from indigenous, African, and European traditions. Across four days, over a million people will visit Barranquilla on the Caribbean coast to watch floats, dance in the streets, and possibly participate by wearing a “Marimonda” mask as found in the Google Doodle artwork.
The Carnival of Barranquilla (Spanish: Carnaval de Barranquilla) is one of Colombia’s most significant folkloric celebrations, and one of the greatest carnival in the world. The carnival has traditions that go back to the 19th century. Four days before Holy Week, Barranquilla decks itself out to get national and foreign travelers and combines with the city’s residents to appreciate four days of extraordinary celebrations.
During the Carnaval de Barranquilla festival, Barranquilla’s ordinary activities are deadened because the city gets busy with road dances, musical and masquerade parades. Barranquilla’s Carnival incorporates dances, for example, the Spanish paloteo, African congo, and indigenous mico y micas. Numerous styles of Colombian music are additionally performed, most prominently cumbia, and instruments incorporate drums and wind bands.
The Carnaval de Barranquilla (Carnival of Barranquilla) has announced a Cultural Masterpiece of the Nation by Colombia’s National Congress in 2002. Additionally, the UNESCO, in Paris on November 7, 2003, announced it one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, and it was during Olga Lucia Rodriquez Carnival Queen year.
The Carnaval de Barranquilla begins the Saturday before the Ash Wednesday with the Battle of the Flowers (La Batalla de Flores), which is viewed as one of the main activities. At that point, The Great Parade (La Gran Parada) on Sunday and Monday is marked by an Orchestra Festival with the Caribbean and Latin bands. Tuesday signals the finish of the carnival, declared by the burial of Joselito Carnaval, who is grieved by everybody.
The Carnaval de Barranquilla has been professed to be the second-biggest carnival in the world, outperformed distinctly by Rio de Janeiro.
Carnaval de Barranquilla slogan is: “Those who live it are those who enjoy it (Quien lo vive, es quien lo goza).”
The modern Carnaval de Barranquilla is more than 100 years of age and reflects the inheritance of mixed cultures that have formed the city since its foundation almost 400 years prior. At its core, celebrations derive from people’s traditions that show what many consider to be the definition of being Colombian.
Some of the most significant occasions during the four days are the Batalla de Flores (Battle of Flowers), the Gran Parada de Tradición y Folclore (Great Parade of Tradition and Folklore), and the Gran Parada de Comparsas (Great Parade of Groups). In acknowledgment of the celebration’s traditions, UNESCO honored the Carnaval de Barranquilla by naming it a World Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2013.
Enjoy the colorful sights and nearby music like Cumbia originating from the numerous loudspeakers and floats!