The Carnival of Brazil is an annual festival held forty-six days before Easter.
Carnaval is the most famous holiday in Brazil and has become an event of huge proportions. The country stops completely for almost a week and festivities are intense, day and night, mainly in coastal cities. The consumption of beer accounts for 80% of annual consumption and tourism receives 70% of annual visitors. The government distributes condoms and launches awareness campaigns at this time to prevent the spread of AIDS.
Rio de Janeiro's carnival alone drew 4.9 million people in 2011, with 400,000 being foreigner.