Victor grew up in Rio de Janeiro and started his career as a tour guide in his hometown’s Wonderful City. He has been wandering around South America ever since he saved up the money for his first airfare. Last year he spent New Years’ in Rio, so we thought it would be the best one to tell us about this celebration!
New Year’s Eve in Rio is brought together with a lot of expectations. There is certainly particular electricity in the air. The days before the big night are not experienced without heaps of preparations. People start to think about their New Year celebrations days before New Year’s Eve comes, wondering what will they do, eat, drink, and where will they be.
What is more, a great part of these preparations are related to popular superstitious rituals. Many release white flowers into the ocean as offering to Yemanja, the goddess of the ocean, asking her for good luck in the upcoming year. These religious demonstrations are more evident during this period and are a remaining aspect of the mixing of races that formed Brazil, blending aspects of Christianity and African traditions.
The city itself prepares as well for ‘reveillon’. Many different neighbourhoods promote their own event, trying to attract people promoting their own fireworks and shows that are promised to last until the early morning hours.
These festivities outspread throughout the city aim to mimic the striking power of Copacabana beach during New Year’s Eve, but it is impossible. Copacabana not only attracts millions of people due to the massive fireworks show (normally lasting for more than 20 breathtaking minutes!) but also by the atmosphere created by the hordes of visitors normally dressed in white and coming from all over the world.
It is easy to be seduced by Rio during ‘reveillon’. The summertime is booming and many of locals, called cariocas, are thrilled and cheery; perhaps because the anticipated carnival is just around the corner or maybe this is simply the Brazilian way of doing ‘festa’.
Contours Travel New Year’s Eve package includes 3 nights’ accommodation a few steps away from Copacabana beach, the ideal location for New Year’s celebrations, City tour and Corcovado, a visit to Tijuca Forest and Jeep tour of Favela. As many as 2 million people from all over the world travel to Rio for this spectacular event. Want to join the party? Call us today to arrange your New Year trip!