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By Ciara Long, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - New Year's Eve in Brazil is accompanied by grand celebrations referred to as Réveillion (New Year’s Eve party), and beyond the fireworks and festivities are a number of popular traditions.

One of the most celebrated is honoring Iemanjá, goddess of the sea in two of the most popular Afro-Brazilian religions today, Candomblé and Umbanda. Her name stems from the Yoruba phrase ‘Yèyé omo ejá’, which translates to ‘mother whose children are like fish’, and her portrait is sold in shops throughout the . . .

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