It’s that time of year, time to ring in the New Year’s Eve! As you make your preparations to celebrate New Year’s Eve around the world, you may have some traditions you practice or even some superstitions.
I took a trip to Brazil a few years ago and experienced some of the Brazilian New Year’s Eve traditions in Rio de Janeiro. That night, the center of celebration is Copacabana New Year’s Eve!
Rio De Janeiro Hotels
Like any big city ringing in the New Year, Rio de Janeiro gets crowded around New Year’s Eve. We recommend booking your hotel well in advance.
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Where to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Rio
One of the top things to do in Rio de Janeiro is to experience the famous Copacabana Beach New Year’s Eve party.
To this very day, I can’t replicate the feeling of standing on that famous and warm beach, sand between my toes, surrounded by about 3 million people with our own bottle of champagne.
All the while, we were watching the ships in the middle of the bay being illuminated by the explosions of fireworks at the strike of midnight.
What to wear in Brazil for New Year’s Eve?
For Brazilian New Year’s Eve, it’s traditional to wear white. And yes, we decked ourselves out in our best white outfits!
For me, “Brazil traditional dress” was simply the only white t-shirt I had in my backpack.
You should leave 2018 in style, after all!
Reveillon in Brazil
A former co-worker of mine, Jose Neto, is a native of Brazil. We were chatting about the subject and I asked him to tell me a bit about Brazilian New Year’s Eve traditions.
Hopefully, you might find one or two interesting enough to include in your own celebrations this weekend.
Neto: In Brazil, the New Year’s Eve celebration, called Reveillon, is one of the most important dates in the year. It’s the time to reflect upon the past, and make new resolutions for the coming year. There are many Brazil customs and traditions and other superstitions to start the New Year the right way!
New Year’s Eve traditions in Brazil
If you’re going to celebrate New Year’s Even in Brazil, you have to go all in! Here are a few tips Brazilian’s practice. Maybe you can try some – you never know, they might work!
But before you do anything, you have to choose a white outfit for the night and it must be brand new. Wearing white will guarantee peace throughout the coming year.
All dressed up? Good! Now here are a few Brazilian traditions for New Year’s Eve.
Tradition 1: Jump 7 waves
If you are at the beach when midnight comes around, you must jump 7 waves and throw white flowers on the beach to start the New Year with luck, happiness and prosperity.
This is why people here always prefer to spend Brazilian New Year’s Eve at the beach.
Tradition 2: Multi-colored clothing/undergarments
The most common superstition is wearing colors with different meanings. Wearing white is essential, however undergarments can include color.
Brazilians normally choose the color of their underwear to attract what they want.
- Yellow = money and prosperity
- Pink = love
- Red = passion
- Blue = harmony
- Orange = professional success
- Green = health
- Purple = inspiration.
Tradition 3: Brazilian New Year’s Food
Eating pomegranate brings wealth. You have to eat seven little seeds and keep the seeds in your wallet during the turn of the year.
It is not recommended to eat poultry, such as turkey or chicken, as these animals walk backwards or “regress in life.”
Tradition 4: Get Lucky
Keeping a bay leaf in your wallet and eating lentils brings you luck.
Tradition 5: Carry lots of cash
Always spend Reveillon with pockets full of money, so that you can continue the rest of the New Year the same way. But, you know, be careful about going anywhere with wads of cash in your pockets.
If you’re going to skip one Rio New Year’s Eve tradition, this might be a good one!
Tradition 6: Finding love on New year’s Eve in Brazil
To ignite a new love, always greet the object of your affection after the countdown at midnight.
Tradition 7: Wanderlust
If you’d like to travel a lot in the New Year, grab an empty suitcase and walk around your house. May we suggest choosing a white suitcase? After all, you have white clothing.
You need to go all the way!
Tradition 8: New Year on the “right foot”
To start the New Year off on the “right foot”, do the countdown on a higher surface and step down with the right foot in the New Year.
Happy New Year Everyone!
Will you ring in New Year with any type of traditions or superstitions?
Have you attended a memorable New Year’s Eve celebration while traveling?
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