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Brazil’s Biggest New Year’s Eve Parties

By Ernest White, December 2012

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While in the Northern Hemisphere, revelers shiver in cold-weather climes in the run up to the new year, New Year’s Eve in Brazil—known as Reveillon—is sizzling, as summer in the Southern Hemisphere s in full swing. A combination of cultures and traditions mean that New Year’s Eve in Brazil takes on unique character, with celebrants all over the country dressing in white to honor the Afro-Brazilian sea goddess Iemanjã in exchange for good luck, and rapid-fire samba beats whipping up the crowds into ecstatic bursts of song and dance. And there are plenty of parties happening in every corner of the country.

1) Rio de Janeiro

For New Year’s Eve, the Marvelous City throws one of the best-known year-end celebrations in the world, second only to Carnival. Over two million people squeeze onto Copacabana Beach amid music and fireworks. Big names, like David Guetta and the Black Eyed Peas, occasionally drop by to party with the people.

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Photo courtesy of Porto Bay Trade via Flickr.

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