When asked what nationality would be the most fun to see the New Year in with, Brazilians ranked first in a survey conducted by social network Badoo.com across 17 countries and four continents.
With 2.5 million revellers attending the festivities every year, the Brazilian celebrations on Copacabana beach are the Number 1 hit. Americans ranked second in the poll, followed by Spaniards, Italians and French in third, fourth and fifth position.
To each country their own traditions: while Madrid dwellers prefer family gatherings, waiting for the clock to chime 12 times while eating one grape on each chime, people in Venice celebrate on the Piazza San Marco, staging a midnight mass kiss.
In Rio de Janeiro, however, the festivities are not only famed for their spectacular fireworks display, but also for a classic beach tradition. The custom is to jump seven waves at midnight while throwing flowers in the sea and making a wish – one wish for each wave.