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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Copacabana, Beach

Bringing in the New Year in Brazil will provide just about any non-Brazilian with a New Year’s Eve experience unlike any they have ever experienced before. First of all, New Year’s Eve falls in the middle of Brazil’s summer, providing a very pleasant atmosphere for outdoor partying and especially for watching the fireworks. Also, Brazilians have very strong traditions related to the New Years holiday, all having to do with bringing good luck and fortune to the lives of those you love.

In Brazil, there are a number of traditions related to the celebration of New Year’s Eve that are very important to virtually everyone in the country. Brazilians dress in all white on New Year’s Eve in order to bring good luck and peace for the year that will follow. After midnight, everyone flocks to the beaches to jump seven waves and throw flowers into the sea while making a wish. This is done in order to bring them good luck and fortune. The tradition says that the goddess who protects the sea will make their wishes come true. Because of that, some people also light candles in the sand on the beach. This custom comes from the mix of the African and Indian cultures that developed in Brazil and have spread from one coast to the other.

Although, these traditions are very important to all Brazilians, the party aspect of New Year’s Eve is also very big. In all cities in Brazil, there are big parties on New Year’s Eve, but especially in Rio de Janeiro. The city has the reputation of being one of the best places to bring in the New Year, hosting more than two million people every year. Copacabana Beach is the most popular destination and is the biggest meeting point at midnight year after year, with people flocking there to watch a fireworks show unlike any that they have ever seen before. Every year, several big ocean-cruisers come from other countries just to watch the fireworks display. The party starts with mostly locals in the early afternoon, and continues until the morning of New Year’s Day.

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