When it comes to New Year’s Eve around the world, you’re going to find some excellent celebrations taking place in all corners of the planet. Thousands of people will decide on heading to Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to welcome 2011 and the new decade. The party, known as Reveillon, is definitely one of the largest of the year and it features dancing, fireworks, and live music on several stages.

Copacabana Beach

The parties on the beach are huge as people start heading to them in the daytime to place offerings in the sea in respect to the Afro-Brazilian goddess of water named Iemanja. Things really get hopping about 7pm as the disc jockey and live performers start playing.

There are three stages erected along a 2.5 mile stretch of beach that feature popular Brazilian music, rock and roll, and carnival songs. When midnight strikes a fabulous display of fireworks explodes and welcomes the new year while sending the old one out with a bang. The party lasts well into the next day and there are also parties and balls at most of the beachside hotels. These establishments celebrate all night and serve champagne breakfasts in the early hours of the morning.

Just about everybody dresses in white as it’s a religious tradition and almost two million partiers will head to Copacabana Beach. If you plan on joining in the fun make sure you’ve got your transportation figured out as it’s very busy and some roads will be closed.


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