in South America! Watch the
New Year of arrive across the
South American continent
with live fireworks displays, plus
details of all the biggest event and
best parties, plus links and
recommendations of the best hotels
and places to stay while you join in
the countdown to the ball drop
across the major South American cities.
Traditional celebrations in
Argentina include a family dinner of
traditional dishes, including vitel
tonné, asado, turron and pan dulce.
Just before midnight, people flock
to the streets to enjoy fireworks
and light firecrackers. The first
day of the New Year is celebrated at
midnight with cider or champagne.
People wish each other a happy New
Year, and sometimes share a toast
with neighbours. Parties often
continue until dawn. Argentines also
celebrate New Year's by swimming in
rivers and lakes or public pools.
The New Year (Portuguese: Ano Novo,
Brazilian-Portuguese: Réveillon), is
one of Brazil's main holidays. It
officially marks the beginning of
the summer holidays, which last
until Carnival. Brazilians
traditionally have a copious meal
with family or friends at home, in
restaurants or private clubs, and
consume alcoholic beverages.
champagne is traditionally drunk.
Those spending New Year's Eve at the
beach usually dress in white, to
bring good luck into the new year.
Fireworks and eating grapes or
lentils are customs associated with
the holiday. The beach at Copacabana
in Rio de Janeiro has a large
New Year's Eve celebrations in Chile
include a family dinner with special
dishes, usually including lentils,
and twelve grapes to symbolise each
month of the year. Family
celebrations usually last until
midnight, then some continue
partying with friends until dawn. In
Chile's capital Santiago, thousands
of people gather at the Entel Tower
to watch the countdown to midnight
and a fireworks display.
Venezuela, many of the traditions
are very similar to the ones from
Spain, with an over-emphasis in
traditions that supposedly will
bring good luck in the upcoming
year. Those who want to find love in
the New Year are supposed to wear
red underwear on New Year's Eve;
those who want money must have a
bill of high value when toasting,
those who want to travel must go
outside while carrying luggage, and
so on. Yellow underwear is worn to
bring happiness in the New Year.