For the culturally aware, the Carnival of Brazil (a.k.a. Carnaval) is a festival held throughout Latin American countries, most famously in Rio de Janeiro. It is held 40 days before Easter, and serves as Brazil’s own Mardi Gras celebration.

Now for those who either a) still don’t know what Carnaval is, or b) don’t necessarily have the resources to go continent hopping, there is no need to fret.

Patricia and Gilberto Leao of Brazilian Nites Productions bring a taste of Carnaval to Los Angeles with Brazilian Carnaval 2010 on Feb. 20 at Club Nokia, starting at 8 p.m.

Patricia explains, “This is the most important time of the year for Brazilians, and we’re replicating it here in Los Angeles.”

Still having trouble figuring it out? Patricia puts it simply, “This is a party! We party like Brazilians; party like Rio de Janeiro!”

There now, see? You’re becoming more culturally aware by the second. Carnaval hosts bands straight from Brazil, samba dancers, authentic Brazilian food and music. Korean Air is even sponsoring a raffle, giving away a non-stop flight from Los Angeles to São Paulo, Brazil.

Now that you know a little more about Brazilian culture, it is time to test your research in a field study. Tickets start at $38, but relax if you can’t spare the bucks. Get your parents to cover for you; tell them it’s a cultural assignment for your Latin American Studies class. Heck, take it a step further and ask your professor if you can do an extra credit paper, too. The way I see it, if you got into college, I’m sure you can concoct an e-mail expressing your desires to experience the beauty of Brazilian tradition – in 500 words or less, of course.

Club Nokia is located at 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (818) 566-1111 or visit