Christmas in Brazil is a low key affair in comparison to the other major festivals and doesn't suffer from the excessive consumerism that you are subjected to in North America or the U.K. If you're not a big fan of Christmas, Brazil is a great place to visit as it's easy to forget about ! The main event is a meal and presents exchange on the evening of the 24th and then the 25th and 26th are just another day at the beach.
New Year (Reveilion) is something else entirely and Rio de Janeiro hosts one of the world's largest New Year Parties that you can go to. Dress in white and make your offering to Iemanjá (an Orixá deity) by throwing a white rose into the sea to gain good fortune and blessings for the New Year. 2005 saw 2 million people pack Copacabana beach for a Fire Works display and street festival that rivals carnaval. There were 3 events' stages with DJ's and Samba Schools performing; parties rocked in all the beach front apartments and there were revelers dressed in white from all over the world. We didn't get home until the 3rd of January....
View our Christmas and New Year Gallery to see how events unfolded !