Reveillon & Festa de Iemanja
Date: December 31st
New Year’s Eve (Reveillon) in Rio is second only to Carnaval in terms of revelry and the millions of people who attend and participate. Massive firework displays explode over the skies of the beaches in Copacabana as New Year’s coincides with the festival of Iemanja, the sea goddess. Devotees wear white and carry a statue of the goddess to the beach and launch flowers and offerings into the sea.