I’ve been going to a suspiciously large number of birthday parties recently. And now that I think of it, there are a suspiciously large number birthday parties coming up in the next couple of weeks. Hmmm… all very suspicious.
Perhaps a detective would go to the calendar and look for notable events that occurred 9 months ago. I, however, prefer to look forward and remind you all that in 3 months it will be carnival!
So are all these birthdays really due to carnival? Is there really a big rush to the maternity wards 9 months after carnival the fun? Apparently not, according to the IBGE (The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics). In fact November and December have some of the lowest birth-rates of the year. I guess it’s just the people I hang out with (or more accurately, their parents!).
Young kids do seem to have a great time at carnival though. Of course you need to choose your blocos sensibly – no one wants to take a kid into an overcrowded situation – but in general you only get into the really crowded areas if you make a conscious decision to ‘go in’! All the kids I’ve seen at carnival looked like they were loving every minute.
Were you a carnival baby? Do you think carnival in Brazil is well suited for kids? Seeing as it is just 3 months away now, let’s dust off that incredible tilt-shift video from Carnival 2011 – this still gives me goose bumps…
Amazing work from Keith Loutit and Jarbas Agnelli.