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By Sibel Tinar, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – New Year's Eve on the beach with over 2,000,000 people in white clothes has an irresistible appeal for Cariocas - and maybe more so for foreigners. Réveillon, or the New Year's Eve celebrations on Copacabana beach, famous for its majestic fireworks show, offers what sounds like a dream to those from the Northern Hemisphere, who are used to either braving freezing temperatures outdoors, or watching the fireworks on a TV screen.

The night that connects December 31st to new year's day is an . . .

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