The beach is the best place to spend New Year's in Brazil. People stay up until midnight, often dressed in white and there are fireworks -- the best show is in Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Practitioners of the Afro-Brazilian religions Umbanda and Candomblé have some ceremonies with candles and lots of people throw flowers and gifts in small boats for Iemanjá -- the sea goddess.
It's been many years since I've been at the beach for New Year's Eve and it feels just perfect! We're at a small town in the Northeast, but there is an all-inclusive resort just North of us, so it looks like we'll be able to see some fireworks after all!
Tomorrow we're going to have to wake up early to go see the natural pools formed in the barrier reef in the ocean. I hope it'll be a nice outing!