Rio de Janeiro, in the last week of December is a crazy place as nearly two million people flock there every year to bring in the New Year. The largest New Year’s Eve celebration worldwide is held on the renowned Copacabana Beach.
Enormous parties are held on the beach that include African, Christian, and native traditions. During the day hundreds of people come to the sea to pay homage to the Afro-Brazilian Orixá, or goddess, Iemanjá. Locals throw white flowers into the sea and place offerings on the beach in her honor. If you plan to go, make sure you are dressed only in white as white is considered a symbol of good luck and fortune. You can accessorize with red (symbolizing romance), green (for good health) and yellow nd gold (for prosperity). Imagine 2 million people on the beach dressed only in white—what a spectacular display of unity to welcome the New Year! At midnight, a mesmerizing display of fireworks starts but the party continues well into the next day!