Revellers from across the world gather in Rio de Janeiro every New Year”s Eve to see out the departing year in style.
On the December 31st the city famed for the annual Rio Carnival is as alive with light and colour as at any time of the year during the celebration known as Reveillon.
The focus for the party is, of course, Copacabana Beach, where a four kilometre stretch is given over to three massive stages featuring traditional music from Brazil and modern rock tunes, along with bars, tents and all manner of other party paraphernalia throughout the day and night.
At 19:00 local time the fun really kicks off with live guests and big name DJs taking to the stages as two million partygoers descend on the iconic beach to soak up the atmosphere.
Along the beachfront, major hotels such as Copacabana Palace and Le Meridian hold all-night balls, serving champagne breakfast in the wee small hours to their white-clad guests, so dressed in observance of a deeply entrenched religious custom (and one which, if not adhered to, will make you stick out a mile).
The spectacular midnight firework display is only really the beginning as the party goes on until sunrise the next day, ringing out the old year and welcoming the new.
Special Interest – Nightlife – From an extravagant meal to an eerie ghost walk – plenty of things to keep you entertained after the sun goes down.