Brazil has incredible landscapes but the best feature of this country is its people. The celebration of life is permanent, it’s part of the national spirit, and any simple thing becomes an excuse for partying. New Year’s Eve throughout Brazil is spectacular—they call it Réveillon. It is one of the major festivities and it officially signals the beginning of the summer vacation period, which lasts until the Carnival.

The best parties take place on the beaches, out in the open. These are multitudinous celebrations with live Brazilian or international music, lots of entertainment, fireworks, and places or carts selling food and drinks.

At midnight fishing boats launch fireworks from out in the sea, magically lighting up the sky, and the partying goes on until dawn.

It is also interesting and amusing to follow the candomblé based traditions that go along with all the partying. The use of symbols and the quest for good fortune are ever present throughout the night. They pay tribute to Iemanjá, the goddess of the sea, with offerings of flowers, fruit, candles, perfumes and bits of paper with the wishes of her followers, which are placed in the sea on small boats.

It is customary to dress in white, but it is in no way mandatory and you can resort to other colors to draw different kinds of good fortune. White depicts peace and purity, green is for good health, yellow for money and red is meant to attract passion and romance. The important thing is for you to feel comfortable in your clothes to help you last through a long night.


Your good luck will be enhanced if you jump over seven different waves while mentally going over your New Year’s wishes, one for each wave. This will make your wishes come true and good fortune will accompany you during the next year.


The best known New Year’s Eve party in Brazil is the one on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. Around two million people gather together to dance, swim in the sea and enjoy incomparable surroundings. But this is not the only place where you can enjoy a different New Year’s Eve packed with joy. In Salvador da Bahia the celebration is all fun and excitement, and the most popular stars of Brazil perform in concert. The city’s traditional Réveillon takes place at the Farol da Barra, a lighthouse, or at the square where the Modelo Market is held.


The best way to have good year is by starting it out with the catchy joy of Brazil!


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