Afro-Brazilian religion Umbanda followers welcome New Year 2016

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A follower of the Afro-Brazilian religion Umbanda holds an image of Iemanja, goddess of the sea, as she pays her a tribute at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Worshippers present gifts to the sea goddess at the end of every year, to give thanks and ask for blessings for the upcoming new year. Credit: Reuters