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Brazil begins Carnival celebration

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Brazilians perform capoeira on the first day of Carnival celebrations on Feb. 16, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art and dance form that was developed by slaves in the region.

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A couple kiss before performing on the first day of Carnival celebrations on Thursday. Rio de Janeiro's Carnival begins on Friday.

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Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil.

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