The tradition of celebrating New Year’s Eve at Copacabana beach began around the 70s, through meetings promoted by the followers of Umbanda and Candomblé, religions of African origin, who were going to throw flowers and gifts, on the last day of the year, in the waters from Copacabana to Iemanjá, to thank the blessings of the year that ended, or to ask for new blessings for the year that would start in a moment.
As the years went by, the number of people attending the event grew and so the hotels and restaurants in the neighborhood took the opportunity to expand the event.
From then on, the hotel and restaurants on the waterfront, together with the City Hall, joined this show, making Copacabana the stage for the greatest New Year’s Eve party in Rio de Janeiro and the largest simultaneous fireworks display in the world, registered in Guinness, the record book, since 1990, which each year receives an ever larger audience, estimated at more than 2 million people, who come from other neighborhoods, from other states, from other countries.
Unfortunately this year due to the pandemic, Copacabana New Year’s Eve will not be a grand party as tradition dictates. We hope that at the end of 2021 things will return to normal and we can celebrate with a big party that we have overcome this difficult moment.