Brazilian worshipers are flocking to Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro to pay tribute to Yemanja, the Afro-Brazilian queen of the sea. Together the worshipers dance, sing, and pray their way to the water to offer flowers, letters and gifts to the sea goddess. It's an annual New Year tradition for followers of the Yoruba, Candomble and Umbanda reldigions.
With their tributes washing out to sea, worshipers hope they'll be blessed by Yemanja.>>
> Most wishing for good health and fortune as they drift into the new year.