RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – New Year’s Eve is a time of traditions all around the world, and in Rio de Janeiro, where different cultures and nationalities have been combined for centuries, traditions are abound throughout the evening. The mix features African rituals, Brazilian superstitions and even a French name: Reveillon!
Watching fireworks dressed in white is just one Brazilian tradition on New Year’s Eve, photo by Agência de Notícias do Acre.
To help travelers get involved, here is a quick guide to some rituals and superstitions Brazilians practice this time of year.
The most visible tradition on New Year’s Eve is to wear an outfit that is completely white – this symbolizes peace and renewal, a certain kind of hope that the New Year will be better than the one that has just passed.
Photo by travelfreak / Flickr Creative Commons License.