New Year's Eve in Rio
Nowhere in the world knows how to party like Brazil, and New Year's Eve in Rio is possibly the biggest party of them all. In fact, it's generally reckoned to be the biggest New Year's Eve party anywhere in the world...
Locally, it's referred to as Reveillon rather than New Year's Eve, and Rio residents will tell you that they look forward to it perhaps even more than Carnival. For most, it revolves around the huge party on the famous Copacabana beach: hundreds of thousands of revellers packed onto the golden sands enjoying live music and the enormous firework display over the Guanabara Bay.
In the upmarket hotels which line the beaches, private masked balls take place and this is where you'll find Rio's rich and famous, along with international celebrities and other visitors who have decided to enjoy the evening in style.
No matter where you are in the city, all over Rio people dress all in white in honour of Iemanja, the candomblé goddess of the ocean. People also carry flower garlands or wear scarves and bandanas in other colours to reflect their New Year's resolutions: red for romance, green for health, or yellow for prosperity. And once the midnight fireworks are over, locals head to the ocean and carpet the waves with white flowers and floating white candles as offerings to Iemanja. After the thunder and blasts of the fireworks, this quiet, glittering spectacle is something magical to see, and the perfect way to round off a perfect New Year's Eve in Rio.
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