Whether you still haven’t made plans on where to welcome the new year, or are lucky enough to be already enjoying Copa Cabana’s idyllic beach, here’s the ultimate guide to help you greet 2017 in exotic Brazil.
1. Wear white.
If there were a specific rule for celebrating properly in the white and oh-so-soft beaches of Rio de Janeiro, this would be it. It isn’t a mandatory thing, but it is definitely a thing. Brazilians believe this is the way to welcome a year full of peace and prosperity. And of course, be creative, and look your best under that white see-through dress. Being on the south of the Ecuator, south America has the privilege of having the warm breeze of the Atlantic, and you should not let that go unnoticed.
2. Do not overpay for a table at the beach.
Going to Río de Janeiro for Réveillon (which is the word Brazilians use for New Year’s Eve), is aiming at attending the largest celebration in the whole of Brazil, therefore many people may advise you to book a place by the beach in advance, and while in doing so you would be wasting a good 300-euro, the truth is you will find plenty of room to place your beach chairs and pop a bubbly while enjoying the yearly amazing pyrotechnic show. And even though the Secretary of Tourism informed this year the celebration would be a bit less flamboyant than previous ones (due to lack of sponsors), we all know Brazilians know how to throw a party. If you don’t believe me, check out the Carnaval!
3. Bring your grapes to the water!
Latin Americans have all sorts of funny and eccentric ways to welcome each New Year, and Rio is no exception. First off you have to eat 12 grapes during the very first seconds into the year, and be careful no to swallow or throw the seeds away since you should keep them in your wallet throughout the year to bring you financial luck. And last but not least, you should jump over 7 waves as a way to celebrate alongside Lemanja, Brazil’s goddess of water.
4. Look for an after party venue.
Yes, it’s true that Latin Americans can party like no others, but it’s also true that Brazilians –especially those who live in highly touristic areas, must return to work a few hours after celebrating, which is why usually after the fireworks have ceased and the cheers have been given, most of the locals return home. But fear not, because well, you are in Brazil! And believe it or not, it’s summer there! And the best of all? You will not be the only one looking to kick start the new year partying like a rock star!
5. Just have fun!
Celebrate with everyone around you: friends, family or the table besides yours. Brazil is an open arms city, and so are the millions of people who make Reveillon more and more amazing each year.