Deal of the week: Make your own luck – spend New Year’s Eve in Rio

Did you know that it is customary to wear white in Rio on New Year’s Eve? It is said to bring you luck for the New Year.
To help you ensure that you are on the receiving end of the best of luck in 2017, book United Europe’s New Years in Rio de Janeiro package available from R14 100 per person.

The package is valid for travel from 29 December to January 3 and includes:

  • 5 Nights’ accommodation in Rio de Janeiro at the 3 star  Windsor Martinique Hotel (or similar).
  • Return Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers.

Half Day Corcovado and Tijuca Forest Tour – 4 hrs from R1, 100 per person.
Half Day Sugar Loaf and City tour from R1,020 per person.

New Year’s Eve is one of Rio de Janeiro’s most important celebrations, second only to Carnival in popularity. It attracts people from all over the world, and Brazilians from all states. The festivities are concentrated in Copacabana, attracting over2 million people every year. Stages are set along the beach with live music shows starting at 8 p.m., featuring everything from traditional Carnival songs to rock and dance.

The fireworks festival starts at midnight, with the turning of the year. The fireworks stations are located in boats anchored in a safe distance from the beach. They last about 15-20 minutes. Other than the spectators in the stand and buildings along the beach, the presence of giant cruise ships offers travelers a different point of view.

If you are coming for New Year’s Eve you must learn some of the traditions. The first one is that people wear white for the party. This is considered the lucky color, so deal with it even if you don’t think you look good in white. You may add accessories in other colors: red is good to attract romance, yellow is for prosperity, green for good health, and so on. Black is not the right color to wear, no matter how fashionable it may be.

A lot of people bring flowers, and throw them in the sea before midnight. This is an offering to Yemanja, the deity of the seas. Some people prefer to give her beauty kits, complete with facial powder, lipstick, soap… They are available for sale at Candomble shops and come in a small wooden boat painted white and baby blue. This is more of a party to thank than to ask for blessings.

Bring a bottle of champagne to pop at midnight. Some people shake the bottle and spray some champagne around. Don’t be a grouch, nobody will complain – it’s considered good luck. A cheaper bubbling alternative is cider, and you are at the risk of going back to your hotel feeling like an apple orchard.

So here’s the small checklist: wear mostly white, forget designer gear that doesn’t agree with spilled drinks, sand and sea water. Wear sensible shoes that will give you support and protection, keep your feet dry. If you go for flip-flops keep an eye for broken glass.

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