SÃO PAULO, Brazil—The annual world-renowned São Paulo Carnival, which ushers in the Lent, featured a series of floats and dancers paying homage to Armenia, in a segment of the parade appropriately called, “Viva Haysatan,” reported the Agencia Prensa Armenia.
The Armenia-themed floats were the brainchild of the “Rosas de Ouro” samba school, whose dancers performed during the São Paulo in Carnival on Saturday, accompanied by 500 members of Brazil’s Armenian community.
The show started by paying homage to the Armenian Genocide, commemorating the martyrs who were killed in the desert and the rebirth of the Armenians, followed by the colors of the flag representing the the Groong, which a bird that symbolizes Armenia.
The first float, “Splendor of Paradise in the Plains of Ararat,” referenced Adam and Eve and Noah’s Ark (which, according to the legend, docked at Mount Ararat), according to estacaoarmenia.com.br.
The second float, “Cradle of Fascinating Warriors,” carried gigantic golden sculptures of King Tigranes the Great as well as Assyrian, Persian, Greek, Roman, and great Armenian warriors.
The third float “The Christian Faith Illuminating the Armenian People” showed the Armenian saints and apostles and history of Christianity in Armenia.
The fourth float carrying Mayr Hayastan (Mother Armenia) titled “Armenian Art – Inheritance of Your Children,” represented Armenian culture and referenced some of its great figures such as Charles Aznavour. Also it featured Mesrob Mashdots, creator of the Armenian alphabet.
In conclusion, Sociedade Rosas de Ouro successfully presented the beauty of Armenia and its culture with a spectacular show.