Brazil celebrates National Day of Samba with emblematic music and dance

Published: 03rd December 2017 03:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd December 2017 04:21 PM  

National Samba Day celebrates one of most significant musical rhythms for Brazilian culture and is commemorated with public shows of famous musicians in the historical center of Salvador.IN PICTURE: A man in a costume performs at the Central Station in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo | AP)
The National Day of Samba came about as the initiative of one councilman from Bahia, Luis Monteiro da Costa, to pay tribute to the Brazilian composer Ary Barroso. Barroso had already composed his first hit called Na Baixa do Sapateiro, an ode to the city of Salvador even though he had never set foot in Bahia at the time. December 2nd was the date he visited Salvador for the first time and the party was spread throughout Brazil and became a national samba celebration.IN PICTURE: Members of a samba orchestra arrive at Oswaldo Cruz station after traveling in the Samba Train. (Photo | AP)
Women sit on a sofa next to a barbecue seller on a street of Oswaldo Cruz neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro. Hundreds of people have gathered at Rio de Janeiro’s main train station for Brazil’s annual Samba Day festivities. (Photo | AP)
People arrive at Oswaldo Cruz station after traveling in the Samba Train in Rio de Janeiro.Musicians, dancers and partygoers will board trains to suburbs on the outskirts of the city to dance and sing to the rhythms of samba, the emblematic music of Carnival. (Photo | AP)
People dance and sing samba in the Samba Train in Rio de Janeiro.Organizers say the party will continue through out the night. (Photo | AP)
A samba band member turns a broom, beer can and rubber band into a selfie stick at the Oswaldo Cruz neighborhood. (Photo | AP)
A member of the Portela samba school dances to the rhythm of samba at the Central Station in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo | AP)
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