Réveillon – A Brazilion Long Dinner, and Possibly Festival, Held on the Evenings Preceding Christmas Day & New Year’s Day!
Ring in this Christmas with a celebration of Réveillon!
What is Réveillon?
Réveillon is Brazil’s celebration of the new year and way to bid good riddance to the old! This beach party is held on the shores of Copacabana Beach and ushers in a bit over 2.3 million people each year. The party doesn’t stop on new year’s eve; everything’s just getting started! It is a celebration that is unique and not like any other festivals around the world.
Réveillon is a celebration of the new year. For a few days, people across the world gather together in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to ring in the coming year. This festival is believed to have gotten it’s start as the traditional christmas dinner and over time became a way to celebrate the new year instead.
Réveillon in Modern Times
Réveillon of the modern era puts a huge focus on making people feel happy and welcome. Just like in many New Years celebrations, friends and families kiss or embrace to signal their warm feelings towards each other and the new year.
Today’s Réveillon celebrations will also see a fiery twist that was likely inspired most by the celebrations of New Years from around the world. When the clock strikes 12, fireworks will be seen from near and far. It seems no matter where you are in the world, no New Years’ celebration is complete without fireworks. Additionally, going along with the vibes of warmth and friendliness, people celebrating Réveillon generally open their homes and their kitchens to welcome friends, family, and kind strangers in for the first meal of the year, or the “long dinner”.
Welcome to Rio de Janiero
Réveillon is held each year on the 30th of December and ends at midnight of the new year. This festival’s modern resurrection has had quite an effect on its community. Though it is indeed a celebration of new days and new life, the generations from today have found a way to connect to it in more ways than one.
The Réveillon Experience
While fire may seem like a dangerous thing to celebrate, Réveillon is and has always been about joyously bringing in a new season. Essentially, it is a virtual celebration of light. Réveillon always inspires a sense of hope, new beginnings and creativity in all those involved. Many attendees and festival performers feed into this creativity and share their art and talents with the entire festival.
The day before the actual festival, there are parties all throughout the city to celebrated Réveillon’s return. The festival begins as a procession, with a torch lit parade through the streets of Edinburgh. Family, friends, and children are all welcome to join in. Following the procession there are dances, songs, and good wishes to ring in the new year.
After the fireworks, the rest of the traditions will find all the attendees heading to the beach to perform their seven jumps, seven waves, and seven wishes tradition. In this attendees jump seven times, count seven waves, and make seven wishes; all in the name of hoping for a better new year and better luck.
Arriving in Rio
Many that celebrate Réveillon in Brazil come from all over the world. If you are traveling for this festival, fly into the main Airport and be sure to have a Citylink or Mega Bus booked from the airport or whatever city you are heading in from. Consider renting a bike, car, or using public transportation if you plan to explore the rest of the city throughout your stay.
Thanks to the festival, these shuttles and buses offer free service after all the festivities have finished up. Be sure to have your travel plans nailed down though, so you don’t end up stranded on New Year’s day.
When it comes to planning for accommodations and lodging, be sure to do your research. Preferably, find a travel agent that can help you book the best deals and prices for hotels, flights and Réveillon related events.
A New Years Celebration
Most people in the Western part of the world, like to ring in the New Year with a night at church, prayers of a celebration with some sort of religious ties. While the modern reinstatement of Réveillon does not have any ties upfront to any religion, many people that do celebrate the winter festival, do so on a spiritual level. However, you do not have to be Brazilian or religious at all the celebrate this holiday.
Many people outside of Edinburgh like to celebrate Réveillon as a Winter celebration. In their own festivals and gatherings, people across the globe will partake in acts to welcome the arrival of a new year. Many people still wear traditional clothing, participate in the dances and host their own feasts.
Several people across the world that celebrate Réveillon choose to get married at this time. This period of rebirth and fertility is believed to be the most opportune time to signify their union. While some societies see this festival as a “pagan” celebration, many people from the Wicca community like to participate in it as well.
Those that like to partake in the spiritual aspects of Réveillon usually perform rituals, fasts, and prayers during this time. If you are interested in learning more about other aspects of religious Réveillon experiences, try a quick Internet search for more information.
What to Wear for the New Year
As the celebration of Réveillon is going to be best seen at night, so wear white! It is indeed tradition anyway to dress in white for the ALL WHITE beach party! Keep this in mind as you prepare to attend Réveillon. Take a look through past photos of Réveillon to see just how classy and dressy people get. As it is Winter and it’s in full swing, Brazil at night is going to be cold! Bring layers, jackets, gloves, hats and anything else that will keep you from freezing.
One of the bigger parts of Réveillon is the procession and dancing, so make sure your footwear is adequate. Try to wear closed toed shoes that will comfortably get you through the festival.
Tickets and Pricing
Tickets for this incredible three day festival are relatively cheap. Pricing is offered online but tickets can also be purchased in person. However, due to this inexpensive pricing and the high interest level of Réveillon , it would be wise for you to purchase your tickets in advance!
As Réveillon itself isn’t very expensive, you will be spending most of your money on traveling, food, and hotel accommodations. Check out the festival website for all the best places to stay in the area.
What to Bring to the Winter Festival
Réveillon itself has all the elements attendees need for celebration. In other words, your preparation for this festival should be fairly simple. When packing your bags, bring anything you would normally bring for a week or weekend long trip. Consider getting your currency exchanged before flying into Brazil to avoid the hassle of trying to convert it while you’re actually in Rio.
Additionally, make sure your passport is renewed and working months before you try to board a plane into town. Passports renewals can take a while and you don’t want to end up the night before your flight realizing you won’t be allowed on the plane. When realizing what not to take with you on your trip, use common sense. Try to get a hold of a travel agent so you can make sure your trip to Rio is the best one yet.
Yes, you are going to this winter festival that features a lot of fire, but please abstain from bringing anything other than a cigarette lighter with you. You don’t want to be detained for carrying a potential explosive at the airport, especially since you can purchase decorations and festive elements while you’re actually at Réveillon .
Outside of the Festival
While you’re in Rio de Janeiro, choose to stay a few extra days to check out the rest of the cites. Many of the local hotels and lodging areas have a two to three day minimum, so take full advantage of your trip and stay a while! Book a walking tour in Brazil to delve a bit further into the history of this rich community. Try the haunted walking tour for a creative spin on things and explore the murders, legends, and all of the beautiful sights of Brazil.
So whether you have been to Brazil before or not, Réveillon is definitely something you need to experience for yourself at least once in your life!
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