The Big Bang

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Fest: The entire city heads to the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema to see fireworks, live bands, and to jump seven incoming waves at midnight for good luck. What Makes It Special: It becomes the biggest beach party in the world, and the vibe is joyous (there is a lot of kissing going on). The Crowd: From poor to rich, Cariocas love a party, so a huge cross-section shows up—besides, New Year's is a warmup for Carnaval. The Garb: Everyone wears white. The Libation: "Stupidly cold" beers sold by vendors on the beach. Ideal For: Shedding inhibitions—tourists are sure to see the sunrise. The Next Day: Finds the exhausted stuffing themselves at Porcão's endless meat buffet. More Info:

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