RIO Carnival

What are the official dates for Carnival? Why do the Carnival dates change every year? Why it seems complicated to find out when the Carnival will fall? Well, it is a long history...

We will abbreviate it, though. This party has its origins in ancient Greece and Rome celebrations. Later, it was incorporated into the Catholic liturgical calendar and allowed until the Ash Wednesday. By the Catholic Calendar, Carnival is always celebrated seven Sundays before the Sunday of Easter. As this varies from March 22nd to April 25th, the Carnival dates also move.

Please note that we have included the day immediately before Carnival in these dates. Actually, Carnival in Rio get started after the city mayor hands the key to Rei Momo (King Momo), the lord of Misrule and Revelry, a ceremony hold usually at Friday evening. So if you want to make the most of Rio Carnival you can't miss the first night of this intense party!

In order to help your planning, we want to provide you with all of the dates from the Rio Carnival from 2013 through 2030.

  • Rio Carnival 2013 dates: February 8th until February 12th
  • Rio Carnival 2014 dates: February 28th until March 4th
  • Rio Carnival 2015 dates: February 13th until February 17th
  • Rio Carnival 2016 dates: February 5th until February 9th
  • Rio Carnival 2017 dates: February 24th until February 28th
  • Rio Carnival 2018 dates: February 9th until February 13th
  • Rio Carnival 2019 dates: March 1rd until March 5th
  • Rio Carnival 2020 dates: February 21st until February 25th
  • Rio Carnival 2021 dates: February 12th until February 16th
  • Rio Carnival 2022 dates: February 25th until March 1st
  • Rio Carnival 2023 dates: February 17th until February 21st
  • Rio Carnival 2024 dates: February 9th until February 13th
  • Rio Carnival 2025 dates: February 28th until March 4th
  • Rio Carnival 2026 dates: February 13th until February 17th
  • Rio Carnival 2027 dates: February 5th until February 9th
  • Rio Carnival 2028 dates: February 25th until February 29th
  • Rio Carnival 2029 dates: February 9th until February 13th
  • Rio Carnival 2030 dates: March 1st until March 5th


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