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Published: January 1st 2008
Happy New Year, goodbye 2007, welcome 2008. 2 million people, 10 cruise ships, 16 mins of fireworks and 3 great friends. Out with all the false promises and misadventures of 2007 and in with the new and shiny 2008. Best wishes to everyone!
I wrote the paragraph above at 2.30am after partying with everyone in the streets. This I write at 5pm the next day - still the 1st January 2008 - Wow - what a new years party, the biggest one I have ever attended.
A few friends and I headed down to Copacabana beach - we got as close as we could to the breaking waves. The fireworks are launched from 6 barges that are anchored out a few hundred meters, closer than the cruise ships shown in the photos. Just before the countdown for 12am was the firework display started - everyone was a little confused but totally awed by around 16mins of display. Brazilian New Years Traditions
Wearing of a colour to symbolise hopes for the new year - traditionally white for peace, red for passion, yellow for riches. Most people wear white.
New underwear - of one of the colours from
Jumping 7 waves and making a wish - just after the new year.
Throwing flowers into the sea.
Grapes - eaten at the turning of the new year.
The last meal of the year should be of a positive kind - chicken is negative because it flaps it's wings backwards - Salmon is a strong fish so a positive meal.
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