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New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro

By Ernest White, December 2012

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Second only to Carnival as Brazil’s biggest bash, New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro—called Reveillon—brings over two million people to Copacabana Beach to ring in the coming year with music, fireworks and champagne raining down on the crowds like glitter. The celebrations along the beach are free, while many hotels and nightclubs host private parties for the true VIPs. Regardless of whatever set you claim, no place gets down on New Year’s Eve like Rio.

Many New Year’s revelers wear white for good luck, paying homage to the Afro-Brazilian sea goddess Iemanjã with offerings of flowers or soaps and lipsticks on floats placed into the ocean. Around 8pm, live musical acts playing samba and Brazilian pop begin to perform on various stages set up along the length of the beach as throngs of people ready to party stream into the neighborhood on foot or by subway.

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Photo courtesy of over_kind_man via Flickr.

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