||If you are looking for a simple
explanation to why New Year's in Rio is
so special, blame it on the people.
Cariocas know how to throw a
party like nobody else. You will feel
you are more than a guest, but part of
the biger picture. Don't forget to
bring your flowers!
|Brazil's ethnic, cultural and social diversity is
never more evident than at events like Carnival and New
Year's. It may be hard for a foreigner to understand that
a Brazilian is more likely to pick on you because you support a different soccer team, than because
your skin color or accent is slightly different.
||Unless you have a very professional equipment your
photos of the fireworks will not capture the magic of the
event. Bring a disposable instead so you don't have to
carry the weight along, and take snapshots of the people
|Coming alone does not mean you will stay by yourself.
When the clock strikes midnight, the fireworks start
popping. Cariocas wish Happy New Year to everybody around
them, whether they are friends, family, or complete
strangers. Do not be surprised if you get a kiss or two!
||Rio has a thriving gay
and lesbian community, and many like to celebrate at
the Rainbow Kiosk. The gay beach kiosk is across from
Copacabana Palace Hotel, and the owners often greet
customers in drag. Trans-people are pretty much part of