By Karen Shishiptorova, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – With only three months until December 31, it´s time to plan for New Year or Réveillon (pronounced Hey-vey-on) as Cariocas call it, borrowing from the French.

This is the first of a three-part report, highlighting some of the options around Rio de Janeiro. This installment focuses on free or relatively affordable options.

For starters, Cariocas like to dress in white, preferably in new clothes purchased especially for the occasion. The color is both a symbol of peace and an Afro-religious tradition, part of which entails offering . . .

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