Waiting for the New Year in Brazil is the same as to think in the intense use of the white color, all awaiting for the magic moment with this pale and pure color, like a blank piece of paper ready to receive and live the dreams of a new period full of hope and achievements.

Traditions do not consist of biblical and mystical events. Along the entire coastline, from big cities like Rio de Janeiro to small towns far away such as Jericoacoara, on the night of San Silvestre people walk to the beach to make their offerings. These are offerings to Iemanjá, the Goddess of the sea. In Brazil these and other traditions are kept alive, such as eating lentils, 12 grapes and other gestures, so as to bring good fortune. The essence of the Brazilian people is magical, full of joy and contagious, and it's amazing the positive bias, all this mixed with high doses of mysticism and faith of a particular town, that shares with visitors such a positive attitude.

At midnight it is common to see Brazilians hopping over the small waves on the beach. No problem! This is a good luck ritual: tradition says that you should skip 7 waves, one after the other. Skipping these 7 waves will ensure you a good year. The number 7 is definitely the number of the Kabbalah, and also represents Exu, Iemanjá's son, and 7 hops are to open the roads of your life. Iemanjá is in the religion of Umbanda, an "orixá", or a divindad, the goddess of the oceans and protector of fishermen and shipwrecked. The original essence is protective and motherly, so at first was the protector of children.

According to tradition, to ensure good luck for the coming year, you must not turn your back to the sea after having paid homage to Iemanjá. A habit that is fused to one's roots in African traditions brought to Brazil by the large contingent of slaves. To Iemanjá one should offer flowers, candles and gifts that are left in the waters of the beaches by crowds dressed in white. It is said that if the offering is taken to sea by the movement of the sea, it means that Iemanjá has accepted the offering and the year will be good, otherwise if the offering gets back to the beach, the New Year may not be as expected.

It is common the use of new clothes to start the New Year. Apart from new clothes, in Brazil it is important to be white, symbol of peace and harmony. Some choose to use colors to represent their wishes for the coming year: red is passion, yellow prosperity,orange success, blue is calmness and green is health, hope and balance.

NEW YEAR’S EVE IN RIO DE JANEIRO
Each year people celebrate December 31st the best way possible, with a nice party, family and friends in a moment of pure fraternization, fun and best energies. To celebrate, no doubt Rio de Janeiro is the ideal city. Over 3 million people gather on the beach in Copacabana, being the soul of this party having the sky as the roof. Nowhere in the world is this date celebrated with so much emotion.

Also in other beaches such as Ipanema, Leblon, Flamengo and Barra da Tijuca there are fireworks and shows, to a lesser extent than in Copacabana.

In Copacabana the party starts at 8 pm with various shows and performances of various musical genres, from traditional songs to the Rio carnival rock bands, and you can't forget the dance. The party continues until midnight, when it reaches the apex of the event: every year the incredible spectacle. Wonderful fireworks of all colors are thrown from rafts placed in the sea and the night lit show wonders people watching from the beach sand, from the sidewalks and balconies of buildings and from the cruise, for 25 minutes. It is breath taking!

Rio de Janeiro is a city known for its beautiful beaches, the music and the atmosphere of festivity and joy. We must make reservations in advance, since this holiday is now a show that attracts millions of people.
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