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New Years in Rio

Guide to Ringing in the New Year in Rio

November 3, 2014

Spending New Years in the cidade maravilhosa is a once in a lifetime experience. More than 2 million people unite to ring in the New Year throughout Rio de Janeiro. Truly an international celebration, it is nearly equal parts Brazilian and tourists taking part in the festivities.

There are a few activities to keep in mind as you go about preparing for your New Year’s celebration in Rio de Janeiro:

1) Watch the candles set adrift in the sea in honor of Iemanjá, the Goddess of Water
2) Head to the spectacular fireworks show that last (seemingly) forever on Copacabana beach
3) Don’t forget to wear white – the two million plus revelers at the beach dress in as much white clothing as possible while partying the night away
4) Madonna (ssshhhhhh!) – rumor has it that one of the world’s greatest pop stars will make an appearance at this year’s celebration
5) Dance! There is nonstop dancing during New Year’s in Rio – whether you’re dancing the samba in Lapa or keeping close to the beach party, you must be ready to dance.

and of course, the Morning After:

6) Have a traditional Brazilian New Year’s breakfast. Designed to symbolize prosperity, start the year off with lentils – either soup or rice before you…
7) Head to Ipanema or Copa to relax and nap (and perhaps recover?) in between dips in the ocean

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