The 2019/2020 Rio City New Year’s Eve broke the record of 1.7 million domestic and foreign tourists. In the assessment of the president of the Tourism Company of Rio de Janeiro (Riotur), Marcelo Alves, this is a “fantastic” number.
When the clock struck twelve, a breathtaking 14-minute fireworks display lit up the Rio de Janeiro sky. The almost 17 tons of pyrotechnics brought magic to what is considered the biggest New Year’s beach party on earth. A moment to remember.
This year`s theme was “Amor a Cada Vista”, or Love Wherever you Look, a tribute to the city itself.And like many other Brazilian takes on celebrations, New Year’s Eve draws from its African roots. Drums, rituals of Candomblé and Umbanda, the two main Afro Brazilian religions.
There is a joyful mysticism among believers and the curious alike, eternal hope for the New Year, and the party quickly turns to the sea and the ritual of jumping seven waves,each one, an opportunity to make a wish. Most people asked for health and peace.
And as tradition dictates, everybody was dressed in white, a color with the power to ward off evil spirits,bring peace to the world and,most importantly,pay homage to Iemanja,the Afro-Brazilian goddess of the sea.
“This is a great victory for Rio de Janeiro. It’s a motive for great celebration and joy and challenges ahead,” he said on Thursday, January 1st, in an interview . Of these tourists, 80 percent were Brazilians from other states and 20 percent were foreigners.