By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Since 1996 residents of Rio have marked the arrival of the Christmas season with the official lighting up of the floating Christmas tree on the Lagoa in Zona Sul (South Zone). However strong gusting winds on Friday November 20th were blamed for snapping the structure in half and its inauguration has now been postponed with no new date chosen.

The lights were due to be switched on Saturday November 28th, but Backstage, the company responsible for constructing the tree and organizing the opening event, have not confirmed it will be . . .

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